Blast heard near Rio Olympics cycling, no sign of injuries,Blast heard near Rio Olympics cycling, no sign of injuries

first_imgAugust 06, 2016 SHARE COMMENTS sport Published oncenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT A loud blast was heard near the finishing line of the men’s cycling road race at the Rio Olympics on Saturday but there were no signs of panic or injuries and the race continued, a Reuters witness said.Bomb squad agents in protective clothing were operating near the press tribune at the site but the cause of the blast was not immediately clear. In recent days, bomb squad members have detonated a number of unattended bags in controlled explosions in Rio.last_img

Rio Olympics: Indian food will be available at Rio, athletes assured

first_imgIndia’s Chef de Mission for Rio OLympics Rakesh Gupta on Wednesday said the Olympics organising committee here has confirmed Indian food would be provided to the athletes during the quadrennial extravaganza.He said the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will spare no effort ensure that the athletes get proper Indian food.”The IOA is very much concerned with the kind of food to be available for the athletes in Rio. For this, we have already written to the organising committee so that our athletes’ performance are not affected,” he told reporters here.”The organising committee has already confirmed that Indian food will be available in the Games Village,” he added.More than 100 athletes from India are expected to take part in the upcoming Summer Games in Rio, which will be the maiden Olympics for South America. The Games will be held from August 5 to 21. (Also read: Hurdles champion Sally Pearson pulls out of Rio Olympics)The 2012 London Games courted controversy with most of the Indian contingent complaining the lack of proper vegetarian food.However, Gupta said the IOA will take no chances this time around and has already communicated with the organising committee in this regard.last_img read more

Antetokounmpo blossoms into playmaking All-Star for Bucks

first_imgMILWAUKEE – As Giannis Antetokounmpo read the defense at the top of the lane, towering over his defender, John Hammond couldn’t help but think of another tall, dynamic ball-handler.The Milwaukee Bucks general manager often resists making comparisons. But in that one moment, the way that the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo handled the ball and surveyed the court reminded the longtime NBA executive of Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.High praise, for sure, but Antetokounmpo is quickly developing his own unique reputation. The do-it-all franchise cornerstone has blossomed into an NBA All-Star nearly a year after becoming the primary ball-handler for the Bucks.“You watch him handle it and see him looking over the top with that size. That’s kind of what Magic did,” Hammond said. “Magic laid on top with the ball, and one of his unique abilities was he was so much bigger and could see over the top of the defense.”It was last February when coach Jason Kidd assigned Antetokounmpo to take over as the Bucks’ primary playmaker.“It takes people a while to emerge,” San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said earlier this season. “He’s still a very young man and learning a lot about what he can add to his game and that’s what he’s doing.”Antetokounmpo has been a fan favorite as much for his upbeat personality as his rim-rocking dunks. But the Bucks have hit a rough patch, 2-8 in their last 10 games, following a 112-108 loss in overtime on Saturday at home to Boston.“Were taking a step forward toward the right direction,” Antetokounmpo said. “We got back into the game, but we weren’t mature enough to close it out.”He’s come a long way from the gangly and awkward 18-year-old rookie who arrived in Milwaukee nearly four years ago.Hammond scouted Antetokounmpo in the player’s native Greece before drafting him in the first round in 2013 with the 15th overall pick. His talent was raw, though passing ability was one of the skills that stood out, Hammond has said.Antetokounmpo showed flashes of potential over much of his first two-plus seasons in the league. Freakish athleticism and a 7-foot-3 wingspan made him a tough matchup on both ends of the floor.Kidd made a subtle change following the NBA All-Star break last season, making Antetokounmpo the primary ball-handler. He recorded his first triple-double on Feb. 22 against the Los Angeles Lakers in soon-to-retire store Kobe Bryant’s last game at the Bradley Center, then added four more triple-doubles before the end of that season.No longer was Antetokounmpo known outside of Milwaukee mainly for his hard-to-spell last name (pronounced ah-deh-toh-KOON’-boh).The most imposing part of Antetokounmpos game is the ability to get to the rim, seemingly gliding with long, effortless steps in the lane and thunderous finishes. He can throw the behind-the-back pass. He has vision to thread balls in traffic to open teammates under the basket.The perimeter game is picking up, too. At one point in Antetokounmpos career, Kidd urged the forward to forego taking 3s. Antetokounmpo shot 34 percent from behind the arc in his rookie season, then slipped to a paltry 16 percent the following season.His 3-point shooting improved to 25 percent in 2015-16, and the percentage has inched up to 28 percent this season. Overall, Antetokounmpo is shooting 33 percent on jump shots so far this season, up from 29 percent last season, according to the Basketball Reference website .“There was always this sort of reckless abandon that he attacked the game with. I think that it’s becoming more polished, more sophisticated. All of us will probably point to the growth of his perimeter game,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.In Kidd, Antetokounmpo has a mentor who filled the stat sheet during his own playing days. A 6-foot-4 point guard, Kidd’s 107 career triple-doubles are third most in league history behind just Johnson (138) and Oscar Robertson (181), who played four seasons in Milwaukee.Antetokounmpo has “a great coach in Jason that navigated how you be elite, like Jason was, without a 3-point shot in the early stages of Jason’s career. There are other ways you can impact the game,” Brown said. “What he has now is a touch more sophisticated, a touch more polished.”The emergence is a boon for an up-and-coming franchise moving into a new downtown arena in two seasons.He is the team’s first All-Star since Michael Redd in 2004, and the first starter since Sidney Moncrief in 1986. Antetokounmpo had the 14th most popular jersey in the league, the NBA said this month, the first Bucks player to rank that high since Gary Payton in 2003.Antetokounmpo is handling increased notoriety the way he has spent much of his time in Milwaukee before he became an All-Star – working out in the gym.“I might be one of the best players, but the thing I say to myself is, ‘Even if I’m there, I’m not there’,” he said. “I’m just trying to get better.”[AP]TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Coolpad Note 8 launched: Key specs, India price, and everything you need to know

first_imgCoolpad is out with the successor to its Note 6. On Monday, Coolpad launched a new budget segment smartphone in India called the Coolpad Note 8. The smartphone will be available exclusively on Paytm for a price tag of Rs 9,999. The Note 8 comes in only one variant, with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB). With the Coolpad Note 8, the company will be looking to take on the likes of other similar segment smartphones from Xiaomi, Motorola, Nokia, Honor, among others.The highlights of the Coolpad Note 8 are its display, dual rear cameras, stock Android interface and pure Android OS. Compared to the predecessor, that is the Coolpad Note 6, the Note 8 is much upgraded in almost all aspects be it the design, display, hardware or software. To recall, the Note 6 comes with two cameras on the front, but that’s not the case with the Note 8, it comes with only one camera on the front. Let’s take a quick look what the newly launched Coolpad Note 8 offers to the customers.Coolpad Note 8 specsDisplay: The Note 8 comes with a big 5.99-inch IPS FHD+ display with aspect ratio of 18:9 and resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.Processor: For the Note 6 Coolpad opted for Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, but that’s not the case with the Note 8. The newly launched Coolpad Note 8 is powered by MTK6750T 1.5GHz quad-core chipset.Software: The Coolpad Note 8 runs the stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo, which means the phone doesn’t come with any unnecessary third party applications. The Note 8 gives a pure Android experience to users.advertisementRAM: 4GBStorage: It comes with 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card.Rear camera: On the back the phone comes with a dual camera setup. It comes with a primary sensor of 16-megapixel and secondary sensor of 0.3-megapixel pixel with aperture of f/2.0. Front camera: On the front, the smartphone packs an 8-megapixel selfie shooter with an aperture of f/2.2. It comes with face beauty mode.Battery: This is where Coolpad Note 8 beats its competitors. The smartphone packs a massive 4000mAh battery with smart battery management skills.Colour: BlackCoolpad Note 8 features–Battery is one of the highlights of the Coolpad Note 8. The smartphone comes with a massive 4000mAh battery which the Coolpad claims can offer a standby time of up to 200 hours and deliver a talktime up to 8 hours. Coolpad also says that the battery of the Note 8 comes with smart battery management skills which make it an apt choice for heavy phone users.–It comes with a big display which Coolpad claims can deliver a seamless video experience. The smartphone sports a big 5.99-inch IPS FHD+ display with aspect ratio of 18:9 and resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.–Offers a pure stock Android experience. The Coolpad Note 8 runs the stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo OS. This means that the Coolpad Note 8 doesn’t come with unwanted third party interface and gives users a pure Android experience. As of now there are no words if the phone will be upgraded to the latest Android 9 Pie software or not.–Coolpad Note 8 exquisite design. The smartphone comes with curved edges and streamlined design with Coolpad says “piano finish”. Coolpad also claims that users will feel premium holding the Note 8 in hand.–Dual rear cameras. Unlike the predecessor, the Coolpad Note 6, the Note 8 comes with a dual camera setup. The phone comes with a primary sensor of 16-megapixel and secondary sensor of 0.3-megapixel pixel with aperture of f/2.0. The Note 8 comes with various camera features like face beauty mode, blur mode (it will let users blur the background after the photo has been clicked), Panorama mode, among others. The pictures clicked with the Note 8 can be edited after they have been clicked.ALSO READ: Coolpad Note 8 with dual cameras, 4000mAh battery launched in India for Rs 9,999Coolpad Note 8 price and availabilityAs for the availability, the Coolpad Note 8 will be available in only one colour – black. The smartphone can be bought exclusively from Paytm. The Note 8 comes only in one variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (expandable up to 128 GB) for a price tag of Rs 9,999.last_img read more

James Washington: ‘First Play Was a Tone-Setter’

first_img“It was a lot of fun,” said The President. “All week coach told us, ‘if we’re going to win the game, it’s going to be on the receivers’ and I think that’s exactly what it came down to tonight.”When the only person who can cool you off is you. pic.twitter.com/RpxO7KOOW4— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 17, 2016“I never once saw my teammates tense up. They handled it well. We ran back out there, and the defense had three great stops. We ended it with a win. James Washington had nine catches for 296 yards and two TDs on Saturday.I repeat. James Washington had 296 yards on Saturday. And his last catch came with eight minutes left in the 3rd quarter! Washington fell four yards short of the all-time single game OSU record for receiving yards (Adarius Bowman at Kansas in 2006), but it was still the best performance of his career by 96 yards. Here are the other 100-yard performances he has had.screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-11-12-59-pm“I felt great. That first play was a tone-setter,” said Washington of the 90-yard TD Rudolph threw to him on the first play. “Just to get that going and Mason’s confidence level rising and the defense sparking off of that I think was perfect for us.” Here’s that play. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Previews Clemson-Syracuse Game

first_img Finebaum has been critical of the Tigers in recent months, but he does think they’ll easily defeat the Orange on Saturday.Here is what Finebaum had to say about the matchup, via 247Sports:“The Orange have no chance at all,” said ESPN analyst and known Clemson antagonist Paul Finebaum. “I thought this was going to be a premiere game, but you guys got run over. Boat raced by Maryland last week. You don’t have a chance against Clemson. I know what happened two years ago on a Friday night. I know what happened last year when Trevor got hurt. It’s not happening this year. It’s not happening at all. Dino Babers is a great coach.”Kickoff for this game is at 7:30 p.m. ET from the Carrier Dome.Clemson fans – are you worried about this upcoming game against Syracuse? An extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Outside of Alabama, the only other program that has given Clemson issues over the past two years is Syracuse. However, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum doesn’t believe that trend will continue.Two years ago, the Orange defeated the Tigers in one of the biggest upsets in recent memory.Syracuse nearly upset Clemson again in 2018 because Trevor Lawrence went down with an injury. Backup quarterback Chase Brice had an inspiring performance to lead his team to victory.Clemson is the No. 1 team in the country through the first two weeks of the season. As for Syracuse, the program is coming off a blowout loss to Maryland.last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged Not To Ignore Domestic Violence

first_imgNational Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting has appealed to Jamaicans to be their “brother’s keeper” and to avoid turning a blind eye to domestic violence. He emphasised that Jamaicans must find a way to intervene if they become aware of domestic disputes in their communities, as what often appears to be a small matter can escalate into a dangerous situation. “We have to find a way to intervene and to [refer] these situations to persons who are trained and capable of dealing with it, whether the police, psychologists or pastors,” the Minister urged. Mr. Bunting was speaking on Wednesday, February 27, at a handing over ceremony for 15 new vehicles to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), at the Police Commissioner’s office, in Kingston . The Minister extended condolence to the family and the community of the two girls who were killed by their father on February 26 in the farming community of Woodgrove, Trelawny. Reports are that the two sisters, four-year-old Kimocoya, and two-year-old K-alee Mullings, were killed by their father, Kenville, following a dispute with their mother early Tuesday morning. He then committed suicide. “We can’t turn a blind eye to our neighbour, who is in an escalating situation of domestic violence. We can’t mind our own business. Let them call you nosey, but we have to take an interest in what is happening in our communities,” Mr. Bunting said. The Minister further noted that there is need for more programmes like the Violence Prevention and Dispute Resolution Association (VPDRA), which was launched in Manchester last year. Under the pilot project, volunteers are trained as first responders to assist in resolving domestic violence disputes in their communities and to refer these cases to a professional, whether a pastor, police officer or psychologist, if the need arises. “We will never have enough policemen to be in every single community to respond to every situation that is domestic at its core and escalating. But, we can have hundreds and thousands of citizens across the country trained as first responders to intervene in these situations to refer them to a psychologist, a pastor, a social worker, or the community policing unit, so that we don’t have the tragedy that we had (this week),” he said. Mr. Bunting said the Ministry will be looking to extend the VPDRA project across other parishes in an effort to reduce domestic violence.last_img read more

US for strong laws in Sri Lanka that protect film distribution

The United States noted that strong and transparent laws that protect film distribution will ensure that Sri Lankan creatives will drive economic growth, are paid fairly, and can share Sri Lanka’s stories with the world.The US Embassy in Colombo said today that US experts had joined four Sri Lankan film professionals in a panel discussion about how effective film distribution benefits Sri Lanka’s movie industry, artists, and audiences at Hatch, a workplace for entrepreneurs. Speaking at the event, U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz said. “One of our core beliefs is freedom of speech, and movies are one of the most powerful ways that we can share our stories with each other. Strong and transparent laws that protect film distribution will ensure that Sri Lankan creatives will drive economic growth, are paid fairly, and can share Sri Lanka’s stories with the world.” Representing Film Independent, America’s premiere organization for independent moviemaking, entertainment lawyer Michael Donaldson and Global Media Makers Senior Program Manager Shari Page emphasized how film distribution is a key channel for storytellers to reach their audiences. Moderated by Jaffna International Film Festival Director Anoma Rajakaruna, the panel included filmmaker Boodiee Keerthisena, a representative of Ceylon Theatres, and Chairman of Scope Cinemas Naveed Cader. Following the panel, participants and audience members gathered for a networking event at Commons Café. Film Independent is a non-profit organization aimed at helping filmmakers create movies, build audiences, and diversify the film industry.An expert on intellectual property rights laws, Donaldson is an award-winning author whose books on clearance and copyright are used in over 50 film schools. Ms. Page has worked as a casting associate and producer for over 27 productions including the Golden Globe winning series “Californication” for Showtime. Donaldson and Ms. Page are in Sri Lanka as part of the Global Media Makers program, an innovative mentoring initiative and cultural exchange program designed to foster relationships between American filmmakers and industry professionals with international social issue filmmakers. read more

In Egypt Assembly President points way towards more relevant responsive and inclusive

“That is the message at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Mogens Lykketoft told participants at a round table with regional Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa.Too often, governments have failed to ensure that all segments of society benefit from economic development, or ignored the science of climate change and done far too little to shift to low-carbon climate resilient economies, he said, add, that too often, faced with security threats or demands for better governance, governments have reacted rashly – clamping down on civil society; eroding civil liberties or excluding political opponents.“And while motivations may differ for taking such action, the impact is always the same – confidence in public institutions dwindles, societies become more polarized and people move closer to violence or extremism,” explained Mr. Lykketoft, echoing former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who said, ‘there can be no peace without development, no development without peace and neither without human rights.’At the same time, the international community and the UN especially, can and must do much more to support member states make progress across all three pillars. Indeed, the Assembly president continued, as the UN marks its 70th anniversary, the Organization itself is “very much at a cross roads, particularly in the area of peace and security” with the architecture developed over the seven decades now struggling to keep pace with today’s and tomorrow’s threats and geopolitical tensions, in a way that is undermining Member State trust.Recalling that last year, Member States had joined hands in adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, Mr. Lykketoft also noted that in the security sphere, ther had been renewed cooperation between major Powers on Iran, and even on Syria.“Now, we must build on that spirit. With major UN reviews underway on peace and security matters and a new Secretary-General to be selected over the next six months, there is a real opportunity to do just,” he explained, spotlighting the particular need for “concrete action to make the UN more relevant, credible, legitimate and capable for major, regional and local powers alike.” This world included, he said making the UN Security Council more representative and more effective, for example, by addressing the use of the veto in situations involving mass atrocity crimes. But it also includes agreeing budgetary and institutional reforms to prioritize political solutions and prevention across every aspect of the UN’s approach to sustaining peace.Mr. Lykketoft said the UN also needs to work more seamlessly across its peace and security, sustainable development and human rights pillars; engage more consistently with affected communities and ensure women are more involved in both preventing and resolving conflicts. Moreover, he highlighted the need to identify concrete ways for the Organization to help tackle global terrorism and prevent violent extremism, including in the context of UN mandated missions and operations.And finally, he said there is a need for more strategic cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations and for opportunities to involve those member states who wish to play greater roles in global peace and security.“The next UN Secretary-General will therefore have a unique window of opportunity early in her or his term to put those changes into place,” he said, noting that the new UN chief would need sustained from Member States, including regional powers like Egypt.Before wrapping up his remarks, the Assembly President drew the attention of the roundtable to one other issue – the 60million people displaced in our world today. “Having just participated in the World Humanitarian Summit and visited a refugee camp in Turkey, regrettably, it seems that we remain a long way off the solutions that are desperately needed.”With that in mind, he noted that on 19 September, Member States will gather in New York for a Summit on how to address large movements of refugees and migrants, and he expressed the sincere hope, the event will signal a shift in momentum so that those 60million people can begin to experience hope and the solidarity of the international community. read more

ITALY SSV Bozen are the only on 100 in the biggest European

Aalborg convincing win against ElverumIn the small EHF Champions League… Johan Hansen to join THW Kiel?The richest handball club in Germany,… 5.Cassano8413174:1809 1.Bozen7700214:15214 8.Carpi8107211:2462 Impressum – AdvertisingContact 4.Padova7412167:1599 Italian handballSSV Bozen handball 8.Malo8305191:2116 9.Molteno8206183:2054 2.Conversano7610208:14413 3.Pressano8422178:17810 TOP 100 handball transfers before season 2019/2020The new handball season began last… 2.Cingoli7502216:19010 9.Romagna7106158:2142 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website 3.Cologne7412177:1639 3.Albatro7412191:1699 7.Valentino Ferrara7304211:2136 EHF CL 19/20 Round 1 BEST 7: Wolff, Skube, Bilyk, Ghionea…EHF TV has announced the BEST… USA Team appoint Staffan Olsson for performance directorUSA Team Handball announced the hiring… VIDEO: Wolff saves, Alex Dujshebaev scores for the drawFirstly, Andreas Wolff saved the “match-ball”… #Group CMPWDLGPts 10.Mezzocorona8017164:2021 7.Modena7313167:1667 4.Noci7403201:1868 1.Fasano8620269:20214 DECISION ON MAY 26: Junior Fasano or Conversano to become Italian handball champions? ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest present own perfume! Next Story → On #SharingIsNOTCaring and why Nora Mørk is fighting for us all  Loading …Polls Archive #Group AMPWDLGPts Related Posts 6.Tavarnelle7232192:1867 5.Gaeta7403173:1878 6.Fondi7304202:2016 Italian Serie A: the opening of the 2016/17 season Latest News Uro Zorman to assist Veselin Vujovic on Slovenian bench – Bezjak and Skube ready to playSlovenian Handball Federation announced that Uros… 5.Teramo7322159:1578 7.Eppan7304162:1696 Should Nora Mork finish handball career? YES NOView Results 1.Bologna7421212:17810 European league with the most clubs in elite competition – Italy (27), still going on with the system of three regional groups with nine teams.After eight round of matches, the only team who is still on 100% is Bozen.Here is the current standing on all three groups. BM Granollers re-sign Drasko NenadicOne of the best Spanish teams… 8.Benevento7007164:2100 2.Trieste8512186:16811 9.Ragusa7007142:2490 –> 4.Meran8413201:1959 Polls ITALY – SERIE A: BOZEN AND FASANO WIN THE FIRST SEMI-FINAL MATCH 6.Brixen8323209:2028 Patrice Canayer about Gjeding-Hansen level on Montpellier-Vardar match: Scandal!Legendary coach of the French Montpellier… Copyright © 2015 Handball Planet read more

Marko Vujin questionable for the rest of EHF EURO 2018

THW Kiel players are out after only one day of the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia! After Domagoj Duvnjak, also Serbian right back Marko Vujin won’t be available for the upcoming match against Sweden with a big question mark about appearance in the last clash with Iceland.“Backer’s cyst is diagnosed, but we still count on him after therapy”, said from Serbian medical team. ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2018 – Day 2 in Zagreb and Varazdin Next Story → Macedonia win thriller in Zagreb!

Console seminar to help employers identify warning signs of suicide in their

first_imgTHE SUICIDE PREVENTION charity Console is holding a special training programme  to help employers and colleagues recognise the warning signs of a suicide crisis and learn the skills that could help save a co-workers life.The programme also aims to help employers and colleagues cope with the aftermath of a death by suicide in the workplace.SuicideConsole’s Director of Services Ciaran Austin said: The tragic and shattering reality of suicide can have a profound effect on the workplace as it is a community where people spend up to half their waking hours and often form important relationships.He siad Console’s training programme aims to help employers respond in a compassionate and informed way when a workplace is affected by suicide.Austin said there is often a sense of fear or trepidation around this issue in people’s places of work that prevents people from looking for help, or helping others who may be bereaved by suicide.Breaking the silence“It takes courage to break that silence and speak about suicide in our workplaces but saying nothing is not an option. That only reinforce those fears and anxieties and adds to the stress of those affected,” he said.As well as prevention, the training programme looks at how employers can deal effectively with situations involving the death of an employee and also how to help a staff member who has been affected by the suicide of someone close to them.The programme is aimed at employers, human resource managers and other professionals who want to be able to respond appropriately to a death by suicide in the workplace, said Austin.How to handle a crisisHe added: Research suggests that when employers handle these crises well there is a positive impact on on staff in terms of their reaction to the loss and the long term effect it has on them.The one day training course, hosted in Dublin by the National Suicide Prevention and Bereavement charity Console, will take place on on Friday, 15 November at the Marino Institute of Education in Griffith Avenue. The fee is €75 per person.All participants will receive an attendance certificate.Booking forms are available on www.console.ie or by ringing Console’s head office on 01 610 2638.Console offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide. You can call: Freephone 1800 201 890. Recognising the warning signs can prevent suicides>Column: Budgeting our depression? Funding cuts are disastrous to mental health>last_img read more

Hundreds of Travellers outside Dáil for antiracism protest

first_imgMore: Martin ‘very annoyed’ by Fianna Fáil councillor’s call to ‘segregate’ Travellers > UP TO 300 people have gathered outside the Dáil this afternoon to protest against the rise of anti-Traveller racism among public representatives.A number of TDs have joined the protesters at Leinster House, including Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins and Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams, Dessie Ellis and Pádraig MacLochlainn.The Irish Traveller Movement said it convened the rally in response to the rise in racism among politicians and judges which culminated in the burning of a house allocated to a Traveller family in Ballyshannon, county Donegal last month.Leaders of the Traveller community have spoken to the crowd, expressing concern about the impact of recent events on their lives and the lack of political action in taking public representatives to task on what they called “inflammatory incitement”.The 40 groups presented letters to the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and the leaders of each political party, stating that “to take no action against party members who had made racist remarks towards Travellers undermines our status and standing in Irish society”.Recent incidents involving two judges and a Fianna Fáil councillor “have caused deep upset to the Traveller family involved” and Travellers nationwide see them as “amplified examples of the hatred they experience on a daily basis”.In September and December last year, District Court Judge Seamus Hughes compared Travellers to “Neanderthal men abiding by the laws of the jungle” and associated a woman guilty of assault causing harm to the actions of a “tinker”.In January of this year, Donegal Councillor Sean McEniff told a local radio programme that Travellers should be “housed away from settle communities” before repeating the idea of “segregation” on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland show. Later the same month, Judge Geoffrey Browne used the word “knacker” when sentencing two members of the community for burglary in Tuam, county Galway.“When hatred is instigated by the beacons of public opinion and leadership: elected public representatives and the judiciary, it sends a clear message to Irish society that hatred, prejudice and racism directed toward Travellers is acceptable and in some instances to be applauded,” said Brigid Quilligan, the director of the Irish Traveller Movement.She told those attending the protest that anti-Traveller racism is at an all-time high.Recent events have caused a significant upsurge of incitement to hatred against us in social media and on the Internet generally.“In fact, just over a month ago the Irish Traveller Movement website was violently hacked by right wing extremists, necessitating an investigation by the Gardai. Everywhere Travellers turn we experience racism, that racism affects the totality of our lives –  now we live in fear of being attacked and burnt out of our homes while our political leadership is silent.”The movement has called for a public apology from McEniff but it remains outstanding, despite 40 complaints to the county council’s Racist and Sectarian Incident Reporting Scheme and a subsequent meeting with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.The group has also asked Justice Browne to retract his statement and apologise, urging Minister Shatter to censure the judge for his comments.Earlier: Over 40 Traveller groups to protest at the Dáil against racismRead: Traveller group expresses ‘deep concern’ over judge comments >last_img read more

Oakleigh Grammar celebrates 35th anniversary

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Oakleigh Grammar, a benchmark school for the Greek Community of Oakleigh and its surrounding suburbs, celebrated its 35th year last week. The event was held in the presence of the honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, his excellency Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis, several members of the state government and opposition, members of the local community, the school principal and the entirety of the school community.Steve Dimopoulos MP, whose constituency is in Oakleigh, represented the government of Victoria, while the Shadow Minister of Public Transport, David Davis MP, represented the Opposition.The schools’ principal, Mark Robertson and the vice-president of the community, Chris Diamantopoulos, delivered keynote speeches, both referring to the vision of the people who worked hard in the past so that today this school can be considered one of the most significant educational institutes of the area, and also spoke of the work currently done at the school. A word of gratitude was given out to those who helped create the school, notably Father Moutafis, Konstantinos Papadopoulos, Athanasios Rovolidis, Dimitrios Zafeiropoulos, Vasileios Pateras, Andreas Provataris, and Nikitas Stavrinidis.Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AC greets Oakleigh Grammar students. Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AC with Evangelia Moutafi, widow of Father Nikolaos Moutafis, and Oakleigh Grammar’s principal Mark Robertson. The governor addresses the audience at the Oakleigh Grammar 35th anniversary event.The governor with Oakleigh Grammar students.Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AC greets Oakleigh Grammar students. The celebrations concluded on Saturday night, with a dance held by the Greek Community of Oakleigh and surrounding suburbs at the Vogue function room. The dance was attended by members of the community board, the school students and their parents and also representatives of community organisations and businesses.Oakleigh Grammar was founded in 1983, thanks to the efforts of the leaders of the Greek Orthodox Community and the contribution of Father Nikolaos Moutafis.The vision of the creators of this school was to create a foundation capable of housing the educational needs of the Greek-Orthodox community that lived in the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne. Initially known as the Greek-Orthodox College ‘Agioi Anargyroi’, it was renamed in 2012, when it was decided that all children, regardless of cultural and religious background, would be able to attend its classes. A belief that is pushed forward until this day, as it provides the ideal circumstances and opportunities for every student to achieve their potential.last_img read more

Washougal crime scene cleared

first_imgInvestigators work the scene Dec. 8, 2011, where a day earlier Steven Stanbary held police and firefighters off with a gun while his house burned to the ground in Washougal. WASHOUGAL– A black metal mailbox stands in front of an empty, grassy lot. Inside, a slightly discolored search warrant is nestled in a plastic sleeve.Elsewhere on the empty property in a quiet Washougal neighborhood, two charred trees still stand, living reminders of an unprecedented tragedy that lingers in the minds of neighbors and a city that’s worked to remove every last piece of a brutal double homicide and suicide that took place there.Nearly a year since Steven Stanbary killed his wife, her sister and himself, setting his house on fire and blasting away with high-powered rifles at police officers, most of the remnants of that day have finally been carted off. Three vehicles once belonging to Steven Stanbary were removed this week by surviving family members, the city said.With the vehicles’ removal, a once unthought-of ordeal is finally reaching a conclusion, Sherry Montgomery said. She is Washougal’s code enforcement officer. The city has never encountered a similar situation, she said, in which a visible crime scene took so long to clear.The reason the full cleanup took almost a year was because the city was “unclear who the responsible party was for a long time,” Montgomery said. “It became a shell game dealing with the banks.”last_img read more

India to Grow Fastest in Dollar Nominal Growth Globally in 2015 Says

first_imgReutersGlobally, the Indian economy is poised to witness the fastest US$ nominal growth in 2015, says Credit Suisse.The Switzerland-based bank added that it finds the equity market not expensive in both absolute and relative terms, reported Reuters.In April, India replaced Japan as the world’s third largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP.)The emerging market is likely to see strongest earnings growth amongst its Asian peers, and even globally, the bank adds.last_img

So what are you doing this Republic Day

first_imgTo mark the 63rd Republic Day, let’s shift our priorities by trying to be responsible citizens. But R-Day in Delhi also means closed markets, traffic restrictions and more. So what do you do if you want to go out? Simple, head to the mall. Two city malls are organising cultural programmes in asscoation with Self Assessment and Management Workshop (SAM), an NGO. ‘Our volunteers will be performing dances, drama and will also be singing,’ says Geetanjali Atri, media coordinator, SAM. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There will be  a dance performance by Prince Dance Group of India’s Got Talent fame who are coming from Chattisgarh. There will be dances based on Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Indian Army. A rock band, Eternal Bliss, will present a fusion mix of their own compositions dedicated to the Indian Army. They will round up with a skit based on Subhas Chandra Bose’s journey and sacrifice which inspired the whole nation.DETAILAt: Select Citywalk, Saket; Pacific Mall, Rajouri Garden When: Today Timings: 4 pm onwardslast_img read more

Rampant pipeline theft fails to deter Mexico onshore oil bidders

first_img Facebook Comments MEXICO CITY – Five incidents of pipeline theft a day, a rate that’s almost doubled in the last two years, isn’t fazing potential bidders seeking to produce oil from onshore fields in five Mexican states.A record 79 private companies, including Engie of France and Pacific Exploration and Production Corp. of Colombia, have qualified to bid in the Dec. 15 auction now that Mexico’s new laws have opened oilfield development to private companies. That compares with 20 companies that qualified to bid in the country’s Sept. 30 offshore auction, underscoring how the chance to enter Mexico’s nascent oil market is outweighing risks.“I’m not too concerned about security at this stage,” said Stefan Olivier, CEO of London-based MX Oil. “We are very interested in Mexico and we are going to be bidding” in the Dec. 15 auction.Mexico’s state-owned oil producer Petroleos Mexicanos documented 3,600 illegal taps on pipelines in 2014, a 40 percent increase from the 2,627 a year earlier, costing the company an estimated $792 million in stolen fuel. The taps are used to siphon out oil and gasoline in transit.Pilfering more than quadrupled from 2009 to 2013, according to Pemex, as the company is known, which partially attributes its 11-year slide in crude production to the increase in illegal taps. Mexico is on pace to exceed a record 4,000 incidents of pipeline theft this year, up from 710 in 2010.Through the first eight months of the year, there were 3,547 illegal pipeline fuel taps reported, according to data gathered by Pemex, including 1,168 in the states where the 25 onshore fields will be auctioned next week. Two of the fields up for auction are located in the northern Tamaulipas state, which reported 561 incidents of pipeline theft through August, the most of any Mexican state. A Pemex press official sent the figures for pipeline theft in an email on Wednesday.Fifty-three of the 79 companies qualified to bid in the coming auction are based in Mexico. The fact that local participation has increased in the onshore auction suggests the security risks aren’t seen as a deterrent to potential bidding, according to Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.“Every company knows that security will increase the cost of operating in Mexico, but they don’t see it as a deal-breaker in any way,” Wood said in a phone interview. “The Mexican companies already know the lay of the land. They have been operating in the country for years and are familiar with the way things work.”The additional expense required for security measures onshore might be offset by the low cost of entry and favorable royalty terms offered by the government, according to Tim Samples, a law professor and Mexican-energy analyst at the University of Georgia in Athens. The Finance Ministry and National Hydrocarbons Commission announced Nov. 30 that no minimum investment will be required for bidders, and that royalty levels on the fields will range from 1 to 10 percent.“These are bargain-bin fiscal terms here. They are rock bottom,” Samples said. “In this price environment with the on-the-ground realities of producing onshore in Mexico, it might be a necessity” for the government to lure companies with favorable financial terms.The onshore oil fields for auction are located in the states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, in the northern Burgos basin, the eastern coastal state of Veracruz, and the southern Chiapas and Tabasco states. In April 2014, a hotel housing Weatherford International Ltd. oil workers in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, was riddled with gun shots in an area of the country known for drug gangs.“The most salient operational risk relates to extortion,” Grant Sunderland, Latin America analyst at Verisk Maplecroft, wrote in an emailed response to questions. “There is a considerable risk that drug-trafficking organizations will ‘follow the money,’ and as oil and gas investment ramps up, foreign companies could become targets of crime.”Mexico’s government has proven it can provide adequate security forces for large-scale infrastructure projects such as onshore oil drilling, according to Randall Connally, chief executive officer at Northcote Energy of London. Northcote, which is building a facility in the Tabasco state, elected not to participate in the onshore oil auctions.“Anywhere in the world a certain amount of crime is to be expected,” Connally said in a Dec. 3 phone interview from Dallas. “The Mexican government has control of the vital components of their national infrastructure. Once the field is operating, especially if it’s a gas field, I don’t think you need to worry about organized crime.”© 2015, Bloomberg Related posts:Four dead, 16 injured in fiery blast at Mexico oil rig Foreign firms compete in historic Mexico oil auction Mexico indigenous group sees racism in Coca-Cola ad Donald Trump’s hated $23 billion in migrant cash unlocks Mexican creditlast_img read more

US Airways joins oneworld

first_img“The addition of US Airways to oneworld represents a significant milestone in our journey to establish oneworld as the first choice airline alliance for frequent international travellers the world over,” oneworld chief executive Bruce Ashby said.  US Airways will withdraw its participation from the Star Alliance on 30 March 2014, with the airline and its regional carriers (US Airways Express) to begin operating as oneworld affiliate members. Following the completion of US Airways’ merger with American Airlines, the brand and all regional affiliates will transition to the oneworld airline alliance, effective 31 March 2014. Customers will be briefed on the changes and developments surrounding the merger and alliance switch – including frequent flyer benefits – through a range of communications. At the beginning of the year, American Airlines and US Airways contracted an US$11 billion merger to form the world’s largest airline, while maintaining the American Airlines branding.center_img “As we work toward creating the new American, network strength and breadth are essential components in building what will be world’s greatest airline,” American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker said. The merger was approved by the United States Department of Justice last month. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more