Here is your horoscope for May 12, 2016

first_imgARIESQuality time is spent with people you admire, and those you care about. You taste luxury and share the good things of life with friends. The day closes with love at home, kindness from friends, and bounty in business. Get ready for changes and new beginnings. Lucky number 3. Colour red.TAURUSPartnerships work rather well as you have support, as well as, space and freedom available to you. You are able to handle two aspects of work simultaneously. Women play significant roles in your life today. You infuse creative energy in all that you do. Lucky number 2. Colour blue.GEMINIYou function best in an individual capacity at work and spend much time alone in introspection at home. Be prudent with finances. Health problems need the guidance of a specialist. You may want to take a break or retire from active participation in a project. Lucky number 9. Colour purple.CANCERHealth and fitness diets are in again. You may abandon success when you are at the brink of achieving it due to a decline of interest in everything. Slow and steady wins the race. You can be restless for a time till you meditate and go within to taste peace. Lucky number 8. Colour white.LEOYou can be attractive to more than one person as you are admired among friends. Another Leo person offers stiff competition at work. Avoid theatrical and superficial people who could impress you for a moment. Surprises and unexpected happenings are on the cards! Lucky number 11. Colour yellow.advertisementVIRGOThe Sun shines on you, bringing happiness, fulfillment and success. A socially scintillating day; you meet personalities and make new personal connections. Friends and family enjoy your hospitality. Media exposure can be interesting. Visitors may be expected. Lucky number 19. Colour yellow.LIBRAYou spend time in a creative pursuit and find it satisfying. Sporting activity keeps you on top of things. A special assignment proves exciting. Your social life is busy as new connections are established. Inner balance brings equilibrium in your partnerships. Lucky number 8. Colour blue.SCORPIOYou enjoy the moment and whatever life brings without clinging to the past or making plans for the future and in that wondrous moment there is no possessiveness and attachment. Everything seems to be coming together in relationships and creative activity. Lucky number 18. Colour red.SAGITTARIUSA trip may materialize despite earlier plans. News from abroad broadens business horizons. You are full of wonder as opportunities tumble in through your door. You are kind when family needs your support. You preserve delicate relationships sensitively. Lucky number 15. Colour brown.CAPRICORNPersonal relationships need to go forward with commitment and quality time from you. Family, home and parents can be demanding but also give you all the support and affection you need today. Drive carefully as your mind runs faster than your vehicle. Lucky number 6. Colour sea green.AQUARIUSYou get anxious and stressed today since you take on extra responsibility at work and at home. Your energy seems depleted after a period of struggle; it’s important to rejuvenate the same. Avoiding tension and taking things in your stride can regain health. Lucky number 7. Colour red.PISCESThe Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh trinity blesses you today! You may find yourself in the center of happenings or in the limelight with all kinds of expectations that need to be fulfilled. You are able to stand your own ground and do what is fair, just and noble. Lucky number 3. Colour saffron.last_img read more

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee congratulates Leander Paes for Rio ticket

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday congratulated tennis star Leander Paes for making it to his seventh straight Olympics.Congratulations @Leander for being selected for the Olympics for the seventh time. A great honour Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 11, 2016Paes was named with Rohan Bopanna as the Indian men’s doubles pair which would be travelling to Rio in August by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) selection committee.Bopanna and Sania Mirza were picked for the mixed doubles while Sania will partner Prarthana Thombare in women’s doubles.Paes who now has 18 Grand Slams to his credit was born in Kolkata. He started playing tennis here as a child and later shifted to Mumbai.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton threaten Spurs plans for Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton threaten Spurs plans for Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barriosby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are being linked with Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios.Barrios has been linked with several of Europe’s top clubs, including Real Madrid, Tottenham and AC Milan.And Everton have now joined the race to land the Colombia central midfielder.He has a €20m (£18m) in his Boca Juniors contract, which could be triggered in January by the Toffees.Marca says the 25-year-old is up for moving to Europe from Argentina and a switch to Goodison Park would allow him to settle in alongside pal Yerry Mina, who joined from Barcelona in the summer. last_img read more

New Zealand: Maritime Union Backs Calls for Shipping Lanes

first_imgzoom The union that represents New Zealand shipping crews is backing calls for mandatory shipping lanes on the New Zealand coast.Maritime Union of New Zealand national secretary Joe Fleetwood says there is real potential for another Rena type grounding.Wellington based marine expert John Riding has detailed many recent near miss incidents by large vessels coming close to grounding on the New Zealand coast and offshore islands and reefs.The Maritime Union is backing his call for shipping lanes to be put in place on the New Zealand coast.Mr Fleetwood says that this is a basic measure to tighten up the maritime industry.He says there is enormous time pressure to maintain shipping schedules and this obviously can conflict with safety best practice.The same pressures are behind New Zealand’s bad health and safety record in many industries that have been deregulated and where profit is put before safety, he says.Mr Fleetwood says that most large vessels on the New Zealand coast are flag of convenience vessels, which increases risks due to lack of regulation in flag states, and in many cases are in poor condition.“The New Zealand coast is an unforgiving environment and we should not wait for another Rena type situation to move on this issue.”Maritime Union of New Zealand, December 20, 2013last_img read more

The Duchess of Cornwall Attends The UK CEO CookOff In Support Of

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall attended the UK CEO CookOff in London this week in support of the charity UKHarvest, of which Her Royal Highness is Patron.The Duchess of Cornwall with chef Jamie Oliver and and Peter Harding at the UK CEO CookOffThe Duchess was greeted by chef Jamie Oliver and representatives from UK Harvest and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, who were joint organisers of the event.UKHarvest is a food rescue operation that collects excess food from commercial outlets and delivers it to charities, which is then distributed to those in need.The UK CEO CookOff saw business leaders team up with chefs to cook a banquet for people who spend their time helping others.The 400 diners, deserving unsung heroes, were served a three-course meal from produce that typically goes to waste and special items brought by the chefs, with mains ranging from roasted rack of lamb to ravioli filled with wild mushrooms and ricotta cheese.During the evening, The Duchess was given a cooking masterclass by Jamie Oliver, joining the chef at his cooking station. Her Royal Highness assembled a mozzarella salad with blood oranges, beetroots, leaves and watercress.The Duchess was shown around the open chef kitchens by Ronni Kahn whose organisation OzHarvest is the inspiration for UKHarvest.Ms. Kahn, who said her organisation had delivered 60 million meals over the past 13 years, said: “OzHarvest is magic, UKHarvest has the same magic; everything about our model is to make sure that good food does not go to waste.“If there’s anything left over tonight it will be delivered to people within a couple of hours of this event ending.”Source:PrinceOfWales.govt.uklast_img read more

Security Council consults on cutting UN military force in Chad

7 May 2010The Security Council today held closed consultations on cuts to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Chad after the Government’s call for the withdrawal of the military component, despite warnings that this could impair delivery of humanitarian aid to some 430,000 people. “We are extremely worried about what the potential impact will be on the civilians whom we’re trying to help in eastern Chad,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told a news conference, citing 250,000 or more refugees from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region and 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs).The UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad (MINURCAT) “has been helpful for us” in providing security and extra logistical capacity including medical evacuations, he said.“That’s why we’ve made clear ourselves, publicly and privately, to the Government of Chad and the Security Council that our preference would be that MINURCAT should stay for a further period until alternative arrangements are made because the consequences for the protection of civilians but also for humanitarians themselves could be very significant,” he added.Last month UN and Chadian officials agreed on a major initial reduction after the Government called for the withdrawal of the military component of MINURCAT, which was set up over two years ago to ensure the security of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Darfur, IDPs and humanitarian workers in both Chad and the CAR, saying the force had served its purpose.In a report to the Council earlier this week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proposed that the military component be reduced from its current 3,300 troops – out of an authorized strength of 4,900 – to 1,400 troops and 500 support elements. The current mandate expires on 15 May.With new agreements on border security between Chad and Sudan, and with MINURCAT not strong enough to provide complete security in eastern Chad, the Government said it felt it was better for Chadian forces to take over and for the mandate to be adjusted. “Now we will have to deal with the situation as we find it if MINURCAT has to draw down in the course of this year, which looks like the most likely outcome of all this, we will have to adapt to that and do the best we can,” Mr. Holmes said. “But it may have an impact on our ability to help people and on the security problems for the people themselves.”In his report Mr. Ban said MINURCAT would ensure the first drawdown of 1,400 troops by 15 July, with the remaining 1,900 beginning their withdrawal on 15 October. He also proposed that as of 16 May, the current mandate for the protection of civilians would cease, with such security tasks to be carried out by Chadian police forces, primarily the UN-trained Détachement intégré de sécurité (DIS).Meanwhile, the MINURCAT police component would continue to train, mentor and support the efforts of the Government to enable the DIS to become self-sustainable. read more

WeWork reveals loss revenue growth as it prepares IPO

Office space-sharing company WeWork is getting ready to go public, adding to a growing list of tech businesses making such a move this year.WeWork, which recently renamed itself The We Co., said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it now has 527,000 memberships across 29 countries. More than 50% of its members are outside the U.S., as of June.WeWork, which began in 2010, had a loss of $689.7 million on revenue of $1.54 billion for the six months ended June 30. That compares with a loss of $628.1 million on revenue of $763.8 million in the prior-year period.WeWork plans to list under the “WE” ticker symbol. It did not disclose what platform it plans to trade shares on.Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press read more

TSX advances as Loblaw moves to buy Shoppers Drug Mart Chinese data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX advances as Loblaw moves to buy Shoppers Drug Mart, Chinese data reassures by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 15, 2013 8:21 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Monday, led by strength in the consumer staples sector after grocery giant Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (TSX:L) announced plans to buy Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. (TSX:SC) for $12.4 billion in cash and stock.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 66.17 points to 12,528.34.Loblaw is offering $33.18 in cash plus about six-tenths of a Loblaw common share for each Shoppers Drug Mart common share. Traders liked the deal, sending Loblaw shares up $2.58 or 5.43 per cent to $50.13. Shoppers shares surged $11.72 or 24.21 per cent to $60.12. Shoppers stockholders also have the option of receiving $61.54 cash but the amount of cash is capped at $6.7 billion and the number of shares is capped at 119.9 million.“There’s definitely a benefit here for Loblaws”, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, Mo.“I think it’s the fact the market is applauding the deal from a long-term growth perspective for Loblaws and the premium that Shoppers shares are getting.”In a related move, Loblaw’s majority owner, George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) will subscribe for 10.5 million additional shares of the grocer for $47.55, the closing price for Loblaw shares on Friday. Proceeds from the deal will be used to pay a portion of the Shoppers purchase. George Weston climbed $3.72 to $87.The Canadian dollar was down 0.17 of a cent to 96.02 cents US.U.S. indexes were slightly higher amid better than expected earnings from banking giant Citigroup.The Dow industrials and S&P 500 moved further into record high territory. The Dow edged up 19.96 points to 15,484.26, while the Nasdaq composite index was 7.41 points higher to 3,607.49. The S&P 500 index rose 2.31 points to 1,682.5.Other data showed U.S. retail sales increased last month due in large part to higher gas prices and volatile auto sales.Core retail sales rose just 0.15 per cent, the weakest showing since January, as the report from the Commerce Department showed some weakness at retail stores, particularly department stores.Citigroup turned in earnings of US$1.25 a share, ex-items, which beat analyst forecasts of $1.17. Its shares were up $1 to $51.81.The strong showing followed earnings on Friday from JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo that also beat forecasts.There was also relief that a slowdown in China’s economic growth wasn’t as sharp as previously thought.The world’s second-largest economy grew 7.5 per cent from a year earlier in the second quarter, slowing from the previous quarter’s 7.7 per cent, as weak trade and a clamp down on risky lending at state banks took their toll.The TSX consumer staples group jumped seven per cent and also had support from Jean Coutu Group (TSX:PJC.A), which was ahead 89 cents to $10.98. There had been speculation earlier this year that grocer Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) might make a move to buy the drugstore chain.The utilities group was up 1.44 per cent. Algonquin Power and Utilities (TSX:AQN) rose 14 cents to $7.39.The financials group was ahead 0.48 per cent while Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gained 46 cents to $62.26.The industrials component was ahead 0.37 per cent as Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) advanced five cents to $4.96.The TSX gold sector was ahead about 0.35 per cent while August bullion gained $5.90 to US$1,283.50 an ounce.A Chilean appeals court ruled that Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) must keep all its environmental promises before moving forward with construction of the Pascua-Lama mine at the very top of Chile’s mountainous border with Argentina. They also said Barrick must repair environmental damage to the Estrecho and Huasco rivers, and monitor the condition of three glaciers next to the mine project. Barrick closed 20 cents higher to C$15.69.Oil erased early losses and the August contract on the Nymex climbed 37 cents to US$106.32 a barrel.Oil is up about 10 per cent so far this month, jolted higher by unexpectedly sharp drops in U.S. crude and gasoline inventories, which suggest stronger demand. The energy sector was flat.The signs of slowing Chinese growth depressed other commodity prices. The September copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down one cent to US$3.14 a pound. The base metals sector was off 0.16 per cent. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) declined 32 cents to $15.46.Endeavour Silver Corp. (TSX:EDR) were up 40 cents or 11.87 per cent to $3.77 after the miner said it is adjusting its second quarter revenue upward, saying the figure reported on July 10 was 12 per cent lower than it should have been. The revised revenues for Q2 are $71.3 million, up 76 per cent from $40.5 million in the same quarter last year.In other corporate news, shares in Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) plunged $1.61 or 32.79 per cent to $3.30 after the technology patent company said a U.S. court in Texas ruled against it in an ongoing patent dispute. The company says a trial jury found that the four patents in a suit against Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., Ericsson Inc., HTC Corp. and Sony Mobile Communications were found not infringed. Wi-Lan says it is reviewing its options. read more

Colombia UN chief concerned about uptick in fighting urges continued peace talks

In a statement released earlier this afternoon, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson confirmed Mr. Ban’s call to all parties to the Havana talks and the Colombian people to remain hopeful and to persist in the search for peace. Rebels from Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been in talks with the government for the last 30 months, seeking to end a 51-year conflict that has made almost a quarter of a million victims.According to media reports, however, tension mounted in recent weeks amid clashes between insurgents and Government soldiers.“The Secretary-General commends the parties for the important progress they have made thus far in negotiations, a process that has brought the country closer to peace,” the spokesperson’s statement continued. “He is confident they can overcome the current impasse and bring the process to a successful conclusion.” In addition, the statement noted that Mr. Ban called on the parties to resume the path toward de-escalation and accelerate the pace of the negotiations in order to restore momentum and public confidence in the process and added that the Secretary-General “firmly believes that peace is possible as long as Colombians can put this goal above all others and find ways to overcome their differences, both in Havana and in Colombia.” read more

Essequibo family homeless after house goes up in flames

Reports are that the woman’s husband came home drunk on Saturday night and started to argue with her.As such, she and her children at about 21:00hrs sought refuge at a nearby relative.However, some two hours later, the woman noticed a fire in the distance.Upon inspecting, she realised it was her home.She frantically rushed to the scene but there was nothing she could do to salvage anything.At the time, her husband was no where to be found.He was later seen Sunday morning, crying and reportedly apologising for his actions.Meanwhile, the woman and her children are seeking shelter at a pastor’s home.She is pleading with the public to assist in any way they can, even if it’s to help her children.She can be reached on 693-9502. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAlbion fire leaves several including pregnant mother homelessMarch 13, 2018In “Crime”Seven homeless after teenager leaves candle burningApril 15, 2014In “Crime”Essequibo Coast pensioner kicked out of homeSeptember 9, 2018In “latest news” A 33-year-old woman and her five children are now homeless after her drunken husband allegedly set their Charity, Essequibo Coast house on fire.Juliet Badhri, a domestic worker of over 12 years, had pumped all her resources into making the two-bedroom wooden flat a place to call home.All her belongings were lost in the flames including her children’s exam papers, textbooks and school uniform.Her eldest daughter is preparing to write CXC. read more

MMS Aachen Shear reactors for Pan Africans Elikhulu Gold Tailings Retreatment Plant

first_imgThe reprocessing of old gold tailings dams has a number of advantages over ROM ores as the expensive mining and comminution costs have already been incurred resulting in a significantly reduced operating cost. The associated disadvantage is of course that these tailings are often an order of magnitude lower in head grade than the original ore body. Generally high throughputs are required to compensate for the lower grades. Also, in contrast to ROM ores, reagent costs particularly cyanide and oxygen can now represent up to 50% of the operational cost so it is important to utilise these efficiently.Maelgwyn Mineral Services (MMS) Aachen Shear reactors offer a cost-effective solution to enhance cyanidation in gold processing. The typical benefits include enhanced kinetics, reduced cyanide consumption, reduced lime consumption, increase in gold recovery and downstream benefits for carbon plants due to steeper leach profile.The Aachen shear reactor is essentially a highly efficient mass transfer device developed and refined over many years out of experience with Maelgwyn’s Imhoflot flotation technology. The versatility of the reactor is evident by the ever- growing list of different process applications. For the direct cyanidation of gold ores, the Aachen reactors are used in two different ways:Mild pre-oxygenation to reduce cyanide consumption through oxidation of cyanide consuming species combined with efficient oxygen utilisationAachen assisted leaching (AAL). As a highly efficient mass transfer device and also a shear reactor Aachen reactor are finding increasing applications within gold and silver leach circuits to accelerate leach kinetics, reduce cyanide consumption and reduce surface passivationCurrently there are over 60 Aachen reactors installed across various operations for a combination of pre-oxidation and Aachen assisted leaching including the majority of Barrick Gold Corporation’s African operations. Aachen reactors have also recently been installed at Pan African Resources’ Elikhulu Tailings Retreatment Plant, which operates a conventional carbon-in-leach circuit including the proprietary Aachen pre-oxidation process.Having achieved the nameplate processing target of 1.2 Mt a month of tailings, the low-cost, long-life Elikhulu project is expected to reduce the Group’s average all-in cost of production. The three tailings facilities will, after processing, be consolidated into a single enlarged Kinross facility, thus reducing Evander Mines’ environmental footprint and associated environmental impact.The Aachen units can be manufactured in a range of sizes to suit the site-specific flow rate requirements up to a maximum flow of 800 m³/hr for a single reactor and, enable efficient oxygen dispersion under high shear (velocities of up to 10 m/s within the unit) and pressure (3 to 6 bar) generated by the feed pump. Furthermore, the shear exposure reduces boundary layer resistances that influence most solid/liquid reaction rates. This can enhance the reaction kinetics tremendously and enable process options not feasible otherwise. Essentially all of the requirements of Elsner’s equation governing gold leaching are met ensuring that rapid dissolution of gold can take place.last_img read more

Five pairs of referees in race for worlds best in 2018

 Loading … ← Previous Story World Handball Referees 2018? Next Story → Men’s EHF Cup 18/19: Kiel against Granollers, Pulawy and GOG Handball referees NBSC World Handball Referees 2018? Lars Geipel / Markus Helbig (Germany) Oscar Raluy Lopez, Angel Sabroso Ramirez (Spain) Gjorgji Nacevski and Slave Nikolov (Macedonia) Boris Milosevic / Matija Gubica (Croatia) Martin Gjeding / Mads Hansen (Denmark)View Results

Laszlo Nagy in club 800

Laszlo Nagy ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest sign Branko Kankaras Next Story → Patrekur Johannesson and Austria part ways The biggest star of Hungarian handball, Laszlo Nagy, announced that this will be his last season in professional career, but the 38-years old lefthander continues to play on the highest level for his Telekom Veszprem.Experienced right back scored his 800th goal at EHF Champions League last weekend in Kielce in win over Polish champions 36:35.Although EHF CL statistics is not accurate and complete for the first ten years of competition, Handball-Planet counted 802 goals of the former FC Barcelona and Pick Szeged player.According to avaliable data only two players reached 1000th goals mark – Kiril Lazarov and Nikola Karabatic. (1036)Nagy’s team-mate Momir Ilic is on 960, RK PPD Zagreb right wing Zlatko Horvat on 665, Veszprem’s right wing Dragan Gajic on 549, left wing Manuel Strlek on 421… read more

Jerko Matulic to Orlen Wisla Plock

The Croatian right wing Jerko Matulic will get back to the elite European competition EHF Champions League in the upcoming season.According to Handball-Planet.com sources, his new team is Orlen Wisla Plock. The 29-years old lefthander played last season in Azoty Pulawy, the third side of the Polish handball. He will now get back to the team with high ambitions after time with HBC Nantes, when he played EHF CL Final in 2018 in Cologne.Matulic, member of the Croatian national team, played at RK PPD Zagreb, Chambery Savoie… Jerko MatulicOrlen Wisla Plock ← Previous Story “Strength and beauty” – How medals and trophy are made for Women’s World Championship 2019 Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2018 TOP SCORER Katarina Krpez Slezak is pregnant read more

VIDEO Wolff saves Alex Dujshebaev scores for the draw

Firstly, Andreas Wolff saved the “match-ball” of THW Kiel’s playmaker Miha Zarabec sent to his net five seconds before the end at Sparkasse Arena, and then, after time-out, ball went to Alex Dujshebaev, who beat the buzzer to secure an important point to PGE Vive Kielce on one of the toughest home court in world of handball.PGE Vive Kielce have extended unbeatable series against “Zebras”…Take a look on the final moments… Alex Dujshebaevandreas wolffmiha zarabec ← Previous Story Dujshebaev’s buzzer-beater for draw in Kiel! Next Story → Aalborg convincing win against Elverum read more

A British government minister quit because he couldnt make enough money to

first_imgA BRITISH GOVERNMENT minister resigned yesterday citing an “intolerable” expenses regime which meant that he was unable to bring his family to live with him in London.Britain’s Africa minister Mark Simmonds resigned barely a week after another Foreign Office minister quit over the government’s policy on Gaza.Officials insisted that Simmonds’ decision was unrelated to that of Sayeeda Warsi, who quit last Tuesday in protest at the government’s failure to take a tougher line against Israel over its assault on Gaza.In an interview with the BBC, Simmonds said that his resignation was linked to lack of financial support for MPs with families who live outside of London.Simmonds has been Conservative member of parliament for Boston and Skegness in eastern England since 2001 and was appointed to the Foreign Office in September 2012.He said that he now needed to “focus on providing for my family”. Simmonds, a married father-of-three, said that the allowances available to him “does not allow me to rent a flat which can accommodate my family, so I very rarely see them”.The Guardian reports that last year Simmonds was named by his local newspaper as the most expensive MP in Lincolnshire after he claimed £173,436.96 in expenses.The body responsible for regulating MPs’s allowances in the wake of the expenses scandal five years ago said that there is a provision of around £28,000 annually for members of parliament to live in London with their families.‘Sod off’The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) pointed out that Simmonds had never tried to claim for a flat in London and had instead expensed thousands of pounds in hotel fees.Simmonds told Radio 4′s PM programme that there has not been enough support from IPSA, saying: ”It is primarily financial support that is needed … It doesn’t stretch anywhere near the cost of renting a flat in Westminster.”Simmonds had decided “some weeks ago” to leave but agreed to stay to chair a UN meeting on the Democratic Republic of Congo last Thursday, a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron’s Downing Street office said.In his resignation letter, Simmonds said he was “exceptionally proud” of the government’s achievements but said he wanted to spend more time with his family, and will be leaving parliament at the general election next year.He had responsibility for Africa, Britain’s overseas territories, the Caribbean, as well as climate change and international energy.His replacement is James Duddridge, a Conservative MP and party whip who is highly Eurosceptic. He said last year that Britain should tell the European Union to “sod off” rather than pay welfare to Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants.- with reporting from AFPLast week: British minister quits Cabinet over GazaRead: Boris Johnson is going to run for parliament… but needs to find somewhere to stand firstlast_img read more

Want culture Head to Tarpon Springs the 3rd best town in the

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tarpon Springs came third for culture in the USA 2019 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards, following another award recently for being the Best Historic Town in America.The town with the large Greek community is known for its sponge divers, fresh baked baklava and Epiphany Day celebrations. And the cultural heritage of the town was recognised when it was voted No 3 on the list of towns with populations less than 30,000 people.“Visit the small town of Tarpon Springs, and you might feel like you’ve been transported to the shores of the Greek Islands. The city’s Tarpon Arts Program features four cultural venues, the Cultural Center, Performing Arts Center, Safford House and Heritage Museum. Other cultural attractions include the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Historic Train Depot Museum and the Sponge Docks Fishing Village,” states the report.READ MORE: Discovering the Greeks in the heart of the American ‘South’The shortlist of 20 candidates were compiled by a panel of experts, however the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.Top towns for culture were:1.Doylestown, Pennsylvania2.Point Pleasant, West Virginia3.Tarpon Springs, Florida4.Staunton, Virginia5.Media, Pennsylvania6.Paducah, Kentucky7.Easton, Maryland8.Traverse City, Michigan9. Guthrie, Oklahoma10. York, South Carolinalast_img read more

Justice for Cyprus sought by Melbourne rally for freedom and human rights

first_imgThe justice for Cyprus Coordinating committee (SEKA Victoria) is organising events to show support for human rights in Cyprus following the illegal invasion of the island by Turkey in 1974 and the continued occupation of the island since then.Though the country’s internationally recognised government is in the Greek Cypriot south, Turkey continues to keep more than 35,000 troops in the north. Events are being held to draw attention to the human rights infringements of Turkey on the island.Friday, 12 July, 20195:00pm: Candlelight vigil at steps of the Parliament House of VictoriaTo protest against injustice happening in our country and to request support from the people and the Australian Government.Immediately followed by ‘Deipno Leitotitas’ Frugal Supper at the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria.READ MORE: Turkish occupied Varosha may reopen for settlement after inventory is takenSaturday 13 July, 201912:00pm: Wreath-laying ceremony and Memorial service for the fallen at the Australian Hellenic Memorial, Birdwood Avenue MelbourneSunday 14 July, 2019 9:30am: Memorial Service for our Fallen HeroesAt Agios Efstathios Church, Dorcas St, South Melbourne12:00pm: Protest rally begins, meeting at noon at the Greek Precinct on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne City, for a 1pm startWednesday 14 August, 20191:00pm: Peaceful Protest outside the Turkish Embassy to demand the withdrawal of Turkish troops and an end to Turkish occupation at 24 Albert Rd, South MelbourneREAD MORE: Cyprus: dangerous row over gas exploration dates back to British colonial meddling Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Three issues to determine Greek elections austerity refugees and the Prespes Agreement

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greeks head to the polls on Sunday and have a number of issues to mull over when casting their votes for the fifth time since 2010, and the first since Greece has exited the bailout.Below are three issues that will determine the result.AUSTERITYCrisis-crippled Greeks that backed the Coalition of the Left SYRIZA party in 2015 were swayed by promises that the party would scrap bailout agreements and ask for a debt write-off after the Greek economy had shrunk by 28 per cent and unemployment had shot up.A referendum followed where Greeks gave Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras the mandate to reject the terms of the bailout before he scrapped the result of the referendum by making a U-turn on promises and bringing the harshest reforms yet. The imposition of the capital controls were just the next nail on the coffin.Rather than celebrate Greece’s exit from the bailout, Greek voters are disappointed that the party that rose to power on a strong anti-establishment platform implemented draconian austerity measures and broke its promises. Despite exiting the crisis, the country has suffered many losses including a huge brain drain, a huge slash to the GDP and high unemployment rates.READ MORE: Greek Elections 2019: ND-SYRIZA parties, policies and people put to the crash testREFUGEESDespite a dramatic fall in refugees arriving in Greece since the 2015 agreement between the EU and Turkey to stem the flow, there are still huge numbers showing up. Greek islands such as Lesbos and Samos are overflowing with arrivals that numbered 50,000 people last year. According to the agreement, Greece can send refugees whose asylum claims have been rejected back to Turkey.Conservative Opposition New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has visited camps on the most affected islands and has pledged to ensure that the EU agreement with Turkey is adhered to.READ MORE: Watch the Greek political ad campaigns for the 2019 electionsNAME ISSUESYRIZA”s popular suffered a blow, especially in northern parts of the country, as a result of the Prespes Agreement that ended the three-decade name dispute between Greece and its northern neighbour. The agreement of the name North Macedonia from the formal name of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia left many Greeks unhappy because of the confusion caused by its proximity to the Greek region of Macedonia and the neighbouring country’s push to use Macedonian symbols from antiquity.According to opinion polls, there are more than two-third of Greeks unhappy with the name row.In another controversial move that is viewed as an effort to appease Greeks in the north, the Greek government approved a large sum of money for three football clubs via state broadcaster ERT in the form of TV rights. The money was approved by the management of state broadcaster ERT for champions PAOK (€ 10.5 million), AEK (€ 10.5 million) and OFI (€ 2.5 million). The move is viewed by many as a questionable one as it comes just before the elections and targets PAOK, a Thessaloniki team.READ MORE: PanMacedonian Associations of Australia will continue efforts to annul Prespes AgreementOn his part, Mr Mitsotakis has a personal stake in this story. His father, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, lost his job as prime minister in 1993 because of the name row. He has stated opposition to the agreement, but would still implement it.last_img read more

Greek government issues advice to tourists following Athens earthquake damage under control

first_imgThough there were no serious injuries as a result of the earthquake in Athens on Friday, a number of people were injured from broken glass and falling objects.A Belgian woman who was pregnant remained in hospital overnight for precautionary purposes, where it was found that she and her foetus were in good health despite her minor injuries. A child from Cameroon was also treated for Aglaia Kyriakou hospital. Many more citizens visited hospitals in the region to be treated for minor injuries. Health Minister Vasilis Kikilias asked all hospitals in Attica to keep the General Secretariat for Civil Protection and the National Health Centre to keep the government briefed of all injuries related to the earthquake.Three abandoned buildings collapsed from the earthquake in Drapetsona, Petralona and Ermou Street.There were also 1-2 hour delays in ferry departures from the port of Piraeus. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Δυνατό το #tilting… αλλά αντέξαμε! #elmp #seismos #olakala 19.07.2019 (link: https://t.co/assecKcGsc) https://t.co/Io4nB5SyeC #σεισμος #seismos #earthquake #athens #greece #hellenicITmuseum #olakala #Athens #Ευτυχως #αθηνας pic.twitter.com/lh9N87z8wH— Ελληνικό Μουσείο Πληροφορικής (@mouseio) July 19, 2019Tourism Minister Charis Theocharis and Deputy Minister of Tourism Manos Konsolas have released a set of earthquake instructions for tourists.Below is the full text of advice to tourists in Greece:“An earthquake of a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale occurred nearby Athens shortly after 14:00 (on Friday). There have been no confirmed reports of any serious injuries or significant damages to buildings.An earthquake of this magnitude is common in Greece and all buildings are built with the ability to withstand these kinds of shocks.Should another earthquake occur there is no need to panic. If there is a need for assistance you can call emergency services: 100 or 199 using your mobile phone.When an earthquake occurs please follow these instructions:If you are inside a building– Remain calm– Take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture (table, desk etc), stand on your knees and hold on to the leg of the table or the desk– If a sturdy piece of furniture does not exist, stand on your knees in the middle the room, staying as low as possible and trying to cover your head with your hands. Keep away from large glass surfaces such as windows, or furniture and objects that might hurt you– Do not try to leave the building– Do not get out on a balcony, if one existsREAD MORE: UPD: Seismic activity after 5.3 magnitude earthquake in Athens causes collapse of at least three buildingsIf you are in a tall building– Keep away from glass windows and outer wallsIf you are in a shopping mall or a big commercial store– Remain calm– Stay exactly where you are until the tremble comes to a stop– Don’t get swept away by the running crowd which is moving unorderly towards the exits because there is a high risk of being trampledIf you are at an open space– Get away from places situated exactly underneath buildings or from places where there are telephone or electricity cables– If you are carrying a handbag, cover your head with it to protect yourself from falling itemsREAD MORE: ‘We probed Santorini’s volcano with sound to learn what’s going on beneath the surface’If you are in a car– Go to an open space and park the car somewhere where it does not impede the circulation of other vehicles– Keep away from tunnels or bridgeslast_img read more