City of Montreal criticized after lowincome tenants forced from unsafe homes

first_imgMONTREAL – Between the leaky ceiling, rats, and occasional squatters in the staircase, the two-storey apartment building in Montreal’s Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood had its share of problems.But as the mostly low-income tenants left the building for the final time Thursday following an eviction notice, some questioned whether, in its zeal to protect citizens, the city was leaving them homeless.As they walked down the staircase one by one, carrying plastic shopping bags and — in one instance — a cat, some said they didn’t know where they would live in the future.“We had 20 days to find a place, you can’t do that, if you’re lucky, OK, but you can’t just find a place in February,” said 58-year-old resident Glenn Fox.“So they just throw everybody out in the wintertime. That’s it.”The City of Montreal issued eviction notices to more than a dozen apartment residents in early February, noting the landlord had failed to address issues with maintenance, sanitation and emergency exits, which were deemed non-compliant and a possible fire hazard.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said Thursday the city had no choice but to ask the residents to leave immediately.“As mayor, I cannot leave people in a building if I’m told it isn’t safe,” she said. “I can’t have an accident on my conscience.”But Stephane Proulx, the lawyer representing the tenants, criticized the city’s handling of the eviction, saying residents weren’t given enough time to prepare.“People didn’t even have three weeks to completely change direction and find a new place to live,” he said, noting the building’s problems didn’t appear overnight.On Wednesday, a Quebec Superior Court Justice upheld the eviction notice and refused Proulx’s request for an injunction to grant the tenants upfront compensation, saying the request must instead go through the province’s rental board.Proulx said the rental board is notoriously slow, which leaves tenants with no compensation and nowhere to go in the meantime.“It’s important that, in our society, there are places where we can speak to authorities and get protection, reparation,” he said.Fox, who is on social assistance, said the city is paying for him to stay in a hotel for the next couple of days, and he is hoping they’ll find him a spot in social housing after that.He noted that the rapid gentrification of Pointe-Saint-Charles means many of the neighbourhood’s working-class residents are unlikely to find another rental they can afford.Another resident, Giulia Giorgi, said she was lucky enough to find another apartment, but feels more should have been done to help the residents.“I have a lot of neighbours who didn’t find an apartment and now they’re out (on the street),” she said. “It’s not fair to do this to citizens. After all, we’re Canadian citizens.”The city defended the need for the evictions, noting it had been asking the landlord to fix the issues with the building since 2010.Spokesman Jules Chamberland-Lajoie said the city was working with the Red Cross, community organizations and the municipal housing agency to make sure tenants were taken care of. He promised that nobody would end up on the street.A representative for a community organization helping the residents says that while he’s happy the city is taking much-needed action to crack down on unsafe dwellings, he’s hoping it will reconsider their timeline in the future.“Three weeks time is not enough time to relocate these people,” Cedric Glorioso-Deraiche said outside the building.“There was no discussion with the community groups beforehand to help with the relocation efforts — and that for us is just unacceptable.”last_img read more

Fertilizer plant in Jorf Lasfar, dedicated entirely to Africa, Terrab

first_imgBamako – Upon the instructions of King Mohammed IV, the Moroccan Phosphates Company (OCP) will shortly launch, in Jorf Lasfar, a fertilizer plant dedicated entirely to the African Market, announced, Wednesday in Bamako, Mostapha Terrab, CEO of OCP group. This unit, to cost some $ 600 million, was announced by Terrab during the Moroccan-Malian economic high-level forum, held in Bamako as part of the visit of  King Mohammed VI in Mali.The plant’s production, conducted by the OCP, amounts to one million tons of fertilizers per year, and will be exported exclusively to Africa, Terrab added. King Mohammed VI, insisted that the production of the plant be exported exclusively to Africa, he said.The King began on Tuesday an official visit to the Republic of Mali, the first leg of an African tour that will take the Sovereign to Côte d’ Ivoire, Guinea, and Gabon.last_img read more

UN expert urges Kuwait to redouble efforts to stop trafficking exploiting domestic

The expert drew special attention to the sponsorship (Kafala) system, which binds every worker to an employer as a sponsor, and creates a situation of vulnerability which favours abusive and exploitative work relationships leading to human trafficking in the domestic work and in other sectors such as construction.She urged the Kuwait authorities to abolish and replace the Kafala system to allow migrant workers to enjoy substantial freedom in the labour market.The expert also encouraged the Government to place domestic work, which is currently overseen by the Ministry of Interior, under the competence of the Ministry of Labour and the Public Authority for Manpower. “This will recognise the equal rights of domestic workers,” she highlighted.During her visit to Kuwait City from 4 to 8 September, Ms. Giammarinaro met with representatives of various government agencies, the judiciary, the Kuwait Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies, as well as representatives of civil society, UN agencies, international organisations and the diplomatic community.The Special Rapporteur will present a final report on her visit to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2017.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré “Migrants in irregular situations, including some refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless persons who work informally in the Kuwaiti economy are at risk of trafficking for both labour and sexual exploitation,” the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, said in a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), domestic workers comprise a significant part of the global workforce in informal employment and are among the most vulnerable groups of workers.They work for private households, often without clear terms of employment, unregistered in any book, and excluded from the scope of labour legislation. Their work may include tasks such as cleaning the house, cooking, washing and ironing clothes, taking care of children, or elderly or sick members of a family, gardening, guarding the house, driving for the family, and even taking care of household pets.The expert noted that victims of trafficking in Kuwait are foreigners who are, for the most, trafficked for forced labour and labour exploitation including domestic servitude.Ms. Giammarinaro said they flee their employers due to deception about the type and conditions of employment by recruitment agencies in countries of origin, and exploitation by their sponsors and employers in Kuwait. “Some domestic workers have been forced into prostitution,” she added.The expert welcomed Kuwait’s determination to counter domestic servitude, which would otherwise be completely hidden, as it happens in many countries of the world.“The establishment of two shelters, that have to date received more than 7,000 domestic workers fleeing their employers, shows a real commitment in this field and is a benchmark in the region and beyond,” she stated. “This accomplishment is even more significant given that exploitation of domestic workers is prevalent in the region.”Ms. Giammarinaro encouraged the Government and institutions of Kuwait to continue in this direction, and redouble efforts to better prevent trafficking and protect its victims, and called on the Government to address existing gaps, and offer real alternatives to deportation when people are not willing to return, including by dropping existing charges filed by their employers against them. read more

Highscoring Buckeye womens basketball looks to improve on 500 start against Winthrop

Junior guard Ameryst Alston (14) attempts a layup during a game against Pittsburgh on Dec. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 78-74.Credit: James Grega, Jr. / Asst. sports editorDespite boasting two of the top scorers in the nation, the Ohio State women’s basketball has as many losses as wins heading into a matchup with the Winthrop Eagles.The Buckeyes are 4-4 for the season after losing 78-74 at home against Pittsburgh. Coach Kevin McGuff said the team still has work to do on defense as it moves forward in the season.“We’re just not good enough defensively,” McGuff said. “We have to get better on the floor for us to make progress.”Junior guard Cait Craft shared the same sentiment as McGuff and said a lack of solid defense throughout games has been a weakness for OSU.“We don’t play defense like we want to win,” Craft said. “We’ve proved we can score the basketball, but if you can’t defend, it doesn’t matter who you play, you’re always going to be vulnerable.”Craft added that she and junior guard Ameryst Alston have tried to take on roles of leadership this season. One thing the pair has tried to instill within the young team is a sense of confidence on the court.“It’s more frustrating than anything because we know we’re capable,” Craft said. “We could beat anybody we’ve played so far and we just have been losing to teams just basically off pride.”Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell continues to be on top of the Buckeyes on offense, as she leads the team in scoring, averaging 26.3 points per game, and leads OSU in field goal attempts per contest at 22.1. McGuff said he realizes how much work Mitchell does, but added that she feels comfortable in that role.“I’m asking a lot of Kelsey but Kelsey wants a lot to be asked of her,” McGuff said. “There’s a lot being asked of her and we need her and she knows that.”Mitchell ranks fourth in the nation in scoring while Alston comes in at 13th, averaging 23 points per game. Pittsburgh coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said after the OSU game that the combination of Alston and Mitchell can create problems for opposing defenses.“Watching Kelsey Mitchell get to the rim with the ease in every game she has played was amazing,” McConnell-Serio said. “Alston is one of the craftiest guards I’ve ever seen — the two of them are so dangerous with the ball in their hands.”Freshman forward Alexa Hart is expected to have an impact defensively for the Buckeyes as well. Hart leads OSU in rebounding and blocked shots, averaging 8.5 and four respectively per contest. McGuff said there are plans to use Hart more as she continues to improve.“I think she continues to get better,” McGuff said. “We’re going to ask a lot more of her because we need more out of her. I think the more we ask of her then the quicker she’s going to get where we need her.”The Buckeyes could enter the game against the Eagles without redshirt-sophomore forward Kalpana Beach. McGuff said Beach is still being monitored following a leg injury suffered in last week’s Paradise Jam tournament, but added that there is chance she could see playing time.“I think it’s a possibility for Sunday,” McGuff said. “If not that one then good chance the one after that, but she would be day-to-day at this point.”Beach missed the past two seasons with ACL injuries.OSU is scheduled to play Winthrop (S.C.) on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

42B approved for oil gas governance – Harmon

Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon.An external loan agreement between the Government of Guyana and the International Development Agency (IDA) for the sum G$4.2BILLION (US$20million) was recently approved by Cabinet. The Government has said that this will aid the Guyana Petroleum Resources Governance and Management Project.According to Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, “the objective of this project is to support the legal and institutional framework as well as key institutions to manage the oil and gas sector.”The announcement was made by Harmon yesterday. He told the media that Cabinet directed that the agreement, presented by Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan be laid in the National Assembly.The Guyana Petroleum Resources Governance and Management Project is supported by the World Bank and aims to enhance Government’s capacity to achieve its management goals for the sector.There are four components to the project. These are; enhancement of legal framework and stakeholder engagement, capacity building of key institutions, enhancement of fiscal management and project management, provide support and enhance procurement, financial management, safeguards management, monitoring and evaluation capacity through the provision to the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and the Department of Energy.The project was approved by the World Bank on March 29, 2019, DPI reported.The government has received severe criticisms from various stakeholders in relation to its management of the oil and gas sector, especially as it relates to transparency and accountability. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana to participate in Singapore, World Bank trainingNovember 4, 2016In “Local News”Petroleum consultants to guide oil industry developmentMarch 17, 2017In “latest news”President hints at staffing Department of Energy with foreign expertsApril 11, 2018In “latest news” read more

CHRYSO Vent Block Sealer helps coal miners close the gap

first_imgDeveloped to assist coal mines to seal their ventilation walls and air-crossings, the CHRYSO® Vent Block Sealer can, in fact, seal any porous substrate quickly and cost-effectively, the company says.The styrene acrylic copolymer sealer efficiently addresses the challenge of hollow blocks and joints in the walls, according to CHRYSO.With its continuous product development of value-added solutions, CHRYSO responded to the coal mining industry’s need to address ventilation wall leakage, according to the company’s new Business Manager, Frans Bakselerowicz.“The conventional use of a bitumen emulsion paint-on application product had proved to be very labour-intensive and costly,” Bakselerowicz said. “By contrast, the CHRYSO Vent Block Sealer is an easy spray-on product, using a knapsack pump which does not need any compressed air to spray. This allows its application even in back areas of a mine, where there are no electrical and compressed air services available.”The ventilation walls in a mine are usually made of concrete hollow blocks, clay bricks and corrugated iron sheets. However, he emphasised any porous substrate can be sealed, as it can bridge gaps of up to 1 mm in magnitude.Any larger crack or hole can be repaired with a.b.e. paintable flashing tape and then sprayed over, according to the company. In high-leakage areas, a second coat can be applied if required.“Among the advantages of CHRYSO Vent Block Sealer is that it is easy to use, and does not require specialist skills,” Bakselerowicz said. “As a non-flammable product – in other words it does not sustain flames – it is ideal for use in coal mines and other potentially hazardous areas.”The sealer is non-toxic, requiring only minimal PPE – goggles, gloves and overalls. Adhesion properties are excellent, according to the company, and it dries quickly in 30-45 minutes, above ground, and two hours, underground.“Being water soluble makes for easy cleaning of equipment, and its cream colour allows users to immediately identify which areas of the grey ventilation walls have been treated,” the company concluded.last_img read more

VIDEO Two decisive minutes of Benfica – Sporting clash

13.AC Fafe264022603:73334 9.Avanca2611015663:71248 1.Porto262402905:56774 14.Arsenal250025549:88825 Benfica handballBenfica SLFC Porto handballSporting handball 2.Sporting252302792:59871 7.ABC Braga2513210667:62053 Very interesting finish of the regular season in Portugal. Sporting CP beat FC Porto 26:23 in the derby, afterward Benfica outplayed reigning champions in green-yellow jersey 26:25 in the local derby.Take a look on the last two minutes of the clash with the last shot of Carlos Ruesga stopped by goalkeeper Borko Ristovski (SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL).STANDING: 8.Maia-Ismai2611114655:68049 6.Belenenses2514110726:66354 10.Boa Hora259214636:70745 11.SC Horta267019596:77740 4.Madeira261709685:64460 3.Benfica252203787:57169 5.Aguas Santas261619773:66759 PHOTO: Benfica Facebook 12.Fermentoes264121565:77535 ← Previous Story SEHA Gazprom League Final4 2019 in Brest Next Story → Igor Karacic joins PGE Vive Kielce – Replacement for Cindric? read more

Manolo Cadenas and Meshkov Brest part ways

The successful Spanish coach Manolo Cadenas is no longer a coach of Meshkov Brest. The best team of Belarus and coach who had dual function in Argentinian national team, decided for handshaking after ending of EHF Champions League and SEHA Gazprom League campaign in current season.The best team of Belarus repeated last year’s success by qualifiing for the knock-out phase of the EHF Champions League, where SG Flensburg Handewitt were simply too strong in the battle for quarter-final. The host team of SEHA Final4 ended regional competition on the third place after defeat against RK Vardar at semi-final in front of home fans at “Viktoria” hall in Brest.His assistant Raul Alonso will stay in the team to try to ensure domestic title in Belarus. ← Previous Story MONTENEGRIN HERO “SIMO” – World Champions lose in “Moraca” Next Story → Portugal smash France! Manolo CadenasMeshkov Brest read more

Up to 97 people rescued as stormy weather hits Down sailing competition

first_imgThe Irish Coast Guard was called to assist Belfast Coast Guard and the rescue helicopter from Dublin was also deployed to assist. A coast guard spokesperson said a helicopter from Anglsea in Wales had also been tasked and local lifeboats were also on scene.The Sligo helicopter was on standby but not required.First published 3.04 pm (2) young people being treated at the scene. Youth sailors involved at event in strangford lough.— Marie-Louise Connolly (@mlchealth) August 11, 2014 Updated 10.51 pmA MAJOR RESCUE operation at a sailing competition in Strangford Lough, county Down has finished with all 97 people rescued.About six people are suffering with mild hypothermia but the remainder of those who were recovered from the water are now safe and well.The Irish Coast Guard said its Dublin team were deployed but are now standing down and on the way back.UTV reports that several boats were overturned and there are also reports that it was caused by a freak wave.A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesperson told that they had a number of vehicles on scene but no serious injuries reported. However six people are currently being treated for hypothermia.center_img Source: MarieLouise Connolly/Twitterlast_img read more

Id need a day to go through what Ive learned Ronan OGara

first_imgWITHIN MINUTES OF arriving at Racing Métro’s plush training facilities in the leafy banlieue of Le Plessis-Robinson in the south of Paris, it is obvious that Ronan O’Gara has become a central figure in life at the Top 14 club.There are handshakes and bisous all round with the club’s staff as the former Munster and Ireland player emerges from his office, coffee in hand.O’Gara greets the wife and infant child of prop Julien Brugnaut, cooing that the baby is “trop mignon”. As Jonny Sexton departs, O’Gara jokes that he’ll only call over to the out-half’s house if chicken curry is on the menu for the evening.Jamie Roberts has been milling around asking the administrative staff to explain where the tax disc goes on his scooter, while club captain Dimitri Swarzewski puts his shoes on after a long day of training [more of that later].There is a sense of familial comfort about the place, but O’Gara points out that “it isn’t always like that!”Just as well, because there is serious business to get down to. Tomorrow evening, Racing kick off their 2014/15 season with a demanding away Top 14 fixture against Fabien Galthié’s daring Montpellier side.O’Gara’s main duty as assistant coach to Laurent Labit and Laurent Travers is running the Parisian club’s defence. Last season, his first as a professional coach, the Irishman inspired his charges to concede the second fewest points in the league, but he admits his coaching journey is still only in its first steps.“I’d need a day to go through what I’ve learned, it’s that different [from playing],” O’Gara told ‘Just because you’re a good player, it has no bearing on what you do in coaching. It’s very different. O’Gara is enjoying life behind the scenes. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“I think the biggest thing for me has been understanding cultures. I lived in Cork all my life and while I obviously would have been aware of different people coming in, they adapted to our culture. It’s all well and good talking about something, but actually trying to understand and perform in a different culture is very challenging.”The French rugby psyche is one of great fascination around the world, and O’Gara took his time to adapt to what Labit told him was the ‘jouez!‘ attitude in France. Such a mindset was in stark contrast to what the French see as O’Gara’s Anglo-Saxon discipline.“For example, we would go through a defensive system and in Ireland it would be coached nearly black and white,” explains O’Gara. “We would agree beforehand ‘this is how we’re going to do it.’ You’d go on to the pitch and expect it to be done like that. Here, their culture is that they can make a [defensive] read. So I might go, ‘Hold on, we’ve just agreed before how we were going to do it.’ Their response is, ‘Oui… mais… mais,” all these ‘buts’.“For someone in our country it’s hard to understand that, because if something is said, you take it as given. Here, it’s said but not taken as given. You have to understand that, because if you didn’t you’d lose the plot.“If you’re shaped by your environment and you’ve done it that way all the time, it takes a lot of time to de-train and go again.”Racing are heading into the second year of les deuxs Laurents’ masterplan to bring the club to the peak of the European game, and there is a sense of things having settled down following last season’s flurry of recruitment. O’Gara and Laulala will team up again at Racing Métro. Source: James Crombie/INPHOWhile the likes of Brice Dulin, Antonie Claassen, Johan Goosen, Casey Laulala and Luke Charteris joined the club in the summer – the latter two very much thanks to O’Gara’s influence – those signings are likely to reinforce the foundations laid last season.“If you have happy people, I think you’ll have happy players,” says O’Gara and in that regard, Racing are heading in a good direction. The Irishman has brought on board mandatory sing-songs following games, while players are required to remove their street shoes on entering the training ground, marking the step onto revered ground where the hard work takes place.While the players strive to strengthen their bond and build their own high performance culture, O’Gara continues to adjust to life as a coach.“As a player all you worry about is yourself, and as a 10 you worry about the team, while making sure your performance is good. But as a coach, you don’t have your individual performance, what matters to you is only the team performance, getting those individuals to perform to the best of their ability in the team environment.I would be a big believer in the detail and that’s something that we can get better at. At the same time, you’re not the head coach, so you have to respect the people you work with, you have to know your place. That’s a skill too.”O’Gara hopes to spend some time in the Ireland camp this season, observing Joe Schmidt in action. The Kiwi keeps in contact with O’Gara in relation to Sexton’s form and fitness, while he has visited les deux Laurents several times.“You know all the players speak so highly of him, so you have to really respect that,” says O’Gara of Schmidt. “I’ve talked to Paul a lot and Paul says he’s learning huge amounts. When Paul O’Connell tells you that, you take note of it.”Racing have set goals of another top six finish in the Top 14 this season, but such is the quality of their squad, they are considered among the favourites to claim the Bouclier de Brennus. O’Gara is hoping to spend time learning from Joe Schmidt this season. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOProgress from a Rugby Champions Cup pool that also includes Northampton, Treviso and the Ospreys will also be expected by millionaire owner Jacky Lorenzetti.“Our goal is to qualify for the quarter-finals of the European Cup and qualify for the last six in the Top 14, then reassess. I know it’s a very broad focus and that’s what it has to be. It’s different over here because it has its own quirks, the league, and it’s mentally tough on people.”There’s nobody more mentally fit for the task than O’Gara. And with that, the 37-year-old sweeps away back to his office for another look at that threatening Montpellier attack.Sky or BT? Here’s where you can watch your province in European actionWomen’s rugby makes major progress and Ireland have played their partlast_img read more

Pronia volunteers making a world of difference

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Pronia empowers, advocates and cares for the Greek Australian community. It has been a vital support system for the first wave of Greek migrants, to build a strong community over 47 years in the making. The organisation marked National Volunteer week at the Hall of the Greek Orthodox Parish of the Presentation of Our Lord at Coburg.Volunteer programmes provide regular visits to isolated elderly in their home or aged care facilities, help in fundraising or even offer expertise in areas of legal, financial and migration advice to disadvantaged members of the community.READ MORE: Pronia is on a mission to support newly arrived young GreeksAnna Kaloudi, one of the volunteers who addressed the function, said that her visits to the elderly are “a feast of joy for both them and myself. Our discussions begin with simple everyday things and end up in discussions full of meaning about life values and I inhale their wisdom and invaluable experience.”Guest speaker Maria Strintzos inspired those present with her volunteerism in Ethiopia.This week’s theme for volunteer week was ‘Making a World of Difference’.last_img read more

Speedboat accident in Greece leaves two dead one injured

first_imgCollision between two boats resulted in the death of two people and one seriously injured near a popular resort in the southern Peloponnese region, Greek authorities say.According to the report, a speedboat driven by a 44-year-old man crashed into a small fishing boat off the coast off Argolida on Friday, resulting in the death of two men and the serious injury of a woman.Three people, who were siblings, were on-board the fishing-boat. The men were aged 60 and 70 respectively and the woman who was seriously injured and transferred to a hospital in Athens is also 60.Meanwhile, the speedboat was carrying 10 tourists from France, none of whom were injured, Kathimerini reported.The driver who has been subjected to toxicology examinations appeared voluntarily to the port authority of Porto Heli on Saturday, accompanied by his lawyer.Shipping and Island Policy Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis expressed his condolences over the death of the brothers on Friday evening, adding that safety in the sea is the government’s first priority following increased accident and speed violation numbers during the summer season. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The mystery is over Greek mathematician successfully solves 78yearold maths problem

first_imgA Greek mathematician has found the answer to a mind boggling maths problem that has remained unanswered for 78 years – until now.Associate Professor of Mathematics Dimitris Koukoulopoulos together with Oxford University research professor James Maynard, has solved the Duffin and Schaeffer Conjecture.First expressed in 1941 by mathematicians R J Duffin and A C Schaeffer, the last time a mathematician showed promise in solving the problem was in 1990. But it wouldn’t be until 29 years later that it would be fully proven by Koukoulopoulos and Maynard – two relatively young mathematicians, both aged in their 30’s.The premise behind the Duffin and Schaeffer Conjecture is that a criteria can be set to approximate numbers if certain denominators are excluded – however if some denominators are excluded, even a sparse subset of them, some numbers may never be approximated. This maths problem belongs to the field of number theory and is called a diophantic approach, named in honour of Diophantus who was an Alexandrian Greek known for the Diophantine equation, concerned with approximating fractional numbers.“So there are these two worlds where we can get almost all the numbers in one and almost none in the other, but there is a simple criterion that decides when we stumble upon each case,” Koukoulopoulos told Athens – Macedonia News Agency.READ MORE: How a poor boy from Ikaria went on to become one of the most successful businessmen in Australia“Most numbers, such as the number π, which is a mathematical constant defined as the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle (π = P / d) and equals 3,14159265, occurs very often in mathematics, in physics, and if one sits down and writes the decimal numbers to give an approximation of that number, they will find that they never end,” he explains.While people cannot work with such complex number, computers certainly can. But when it comes to practically solving a complex problem such as this, he says it’s important to simplify.“If I write the decimal numbers of π and stop at 3.14 I get an approximation of the number with an error. I can write this number 3141/1000 which is a fraction approaching π, but in fact the ancient Greeks also knew that a very good approach of π using much smaller numbers is the fraction (22/7) that uses a denominator a lot smaller. Its denominator is only 7, while the denominator of the other fraction is 1,000. The second fraction has much less complexity. And the question is, if we can use denominators of a barrier up to 1 millionth, how good an approximation of a number can we get to? In such big questions, the ‘diophantic approach’ needs a simple fraction to find simple numbers approximations.”While solving the riddle is a remarkable achievement, Koukoulopoulos says that he doesn’t know whether it will be applicable to practical matters in life.“In theoretical mathematics it would be nice to see your work applied in real life, but the nature of theoretical mathematics is such that applying ideas can take many years until something is done or even an indirect contribution is made,” he said.READ MORE: Greek Olive Oil producers reflect on their success at JOOPDespite this however, the mathematician says that funding in this area is vital, given that greater understanding of such equations can have a direct impact on research in the fields of applied mathematics, physics and engineering.Hailing from Kozani, Koukoulopoulos studied mathematics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki before obtaining his post-graduate degree from the University of Illinois. He then went on to get his PhD at Princeton, and has continued on to his current post at the University of Montreal where he is apart of a post-PhD program. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Preventing smoking in schools high on Greek Education Ministrys agenda

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Students smoking in schools has been an ongoing concern in Greece.To help tackle the issue head on, Education Minister Niki Kerameos met with pulmonologists Panagiotis Behrakis, Chair of the Health Ministry’s national Anti-Smoking Committee and Vasso Evangelopoulou, a researcher at the George Behrakis Research Lab of the Greek Anti-Cancer Society.During the meeting, the specialists presented their initiative SmokeFreeGreece. Its overarching aim is to send positive messages to students against tobacco addiction, and highlight the positives of living a healthy and active life.Furthermore, they sought the Education Ministry’s support in running information sessions at schools to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking.READ MORE: Greek Health Minister sends memo putting smoking ban in indoor public areas into effectMs Kerameos was positive about their work, and agreed that tackling smoking, as well as use and addiction of drugs, should be incorporated into the school curriculum.The Minister said that the Ministry would be interested in reviewing the development of units on living a healthy life, as part of the current program, which includes teaching materials on how to better protect the environment, and the benefits of volunteering.READ MORE: Newly-elected Greek PM commits to implement smoking ban in enclosed public placeslast_img read more

Clark County gets its snow day

first_imgAfter days of hype and a Friday of frenzied buying, Clark County gets its snow day today.Only perhaps an inch covered the metro area, but combined with sub-freezing temperatures it was enough to make it the perfect morning to stay inside. Most community events and activities, including virtually anything taking place at a school, are canceled.Social media posts originating in Camas and Washougal showed higher accumulations than Vancouver. The National Weather Service says some areas of the county had 4 inches of snow fall this morning. And road conditions are treacherous further east. A semi-truck rollover reported around 8:30 a.m. on eastbound state Highway 14 at Milepost 21 near Lawton Creek continued to be listed among traffic alerts two hours later.But as temperatures rose and the sun shone through clouds, many major roads were free of snow and wet. The National Weather Service canceled a countywide winter storm warning about three hours early. There are currently no weather advisories for the area.Camas got the most snow out of any county community. According to the weather service’s snow accumulation totals as of 11:40 a.m., 8 inches were dumped on the town. Many spots in Vancouver received about half that amount. Cascade Park snow measured about 4 1/2 inches while about 3 1/2 inches fell around the Vancouver Mall. The weather service listed a total of 1.8 inches for Battle Ground.At 7:30 a.m., the temperature was only 30 degrees, and forecasters were predicting another blast of snow later today before a cold, frozen night. Another light dash of snow is expected Sunday, with the forecast high barely above freezing. In total, the snowfall might be a couple of inches, accompanied by black ice where it melts. We’ll suffer through this mix of snow, rain, ice and near-freezing temperatures for several days.last_img read more

Bielsa denies contact with City Spurs

first_imgLeeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has denied making any contact with Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur as regards to signing some of their players on loan.The new Leeds boss hasn’t spoken to any of the two club’s managers about any form of loan deals.Bielsa enjoys a very good relationship with both Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, with the latter playing under him during his stint as the manager of Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys.“I don’t think it would have been a good thing to do to use a personal relationship of respect and love you have for both of them for a professional reason. You don’t have to manipulate the professional decisions.” Bielsa said, according to Yorkshire Post.Meanwhile, Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls Aston Villa are planning to sign two Newcastle United players on loan before the loan window closes on August 31.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.The Villans want Isaac Hayden and Ciaran Clark to join them on loan for the entire duration of the 2018-19 season.Hayden has been linked with a move away from St. James Park all summer but a permanent moved failed to materialize before the close of the Premier League transfer window last week.Stoke City are also believed to be interested in signing the former Arsenal midfielder on loan.Aston Villa want former centre-back Ciaran Clark to join the club on loan. Clark left Villa Park in 2016 to sign for Newcastle on a permanent basis.last_img read more

Camas man charged with DUI vehicular assault in crash

first_imgA Camas man faces charges of drunken driving and vehicular assault following a weekend T-bone crash that injured two people outside of Battle Ground.Mario Thaddeus Beaudoin, 42, was traveling southbound in a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup on Northeast 167th Avenue and failed to stop at a stop sign at Northeast 199th Street at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, according to court documents.The pickup crashed into a 2001 Hyundai Tiburon traveling east on Northeast 199th Street. The driver of the Hyundai, Frederick Viray, 21, of Brush Prairie suffered five fractured ribs and pulmonary contusions on both sides of his chest, according to court documents. He was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Viray’s passenger, Jeremy Saia, 20, of Battle Ground suffered injuries that were not life threatening and also was taken to the hospital.Both Viray and Saia were treated and released.Two passengers in the Ford pickup suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene by medics.Clark County sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash and found several open cans of Bud Light and Steel Reserve that had been thrown from Beaudoin’s vehicle, according to court documents. Beaudoin told deputies he drank two beers several hours prior to the collision, according to court documents. A breath test performed at the scene determined Beaudoin had a blood-alcohol concentration of .107, above the legal limit of .08.Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson found probable cause for a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular assault and set Beaudoin’s bail at $50,000.Beaudoin has four DUIs on his record, according to court documents.last_img read more

STD infections rise in Alaska

first_imgThe state’s Department of Health is reporting an increase in sexually transmitted diseases in Alaska. In 2013, Gonorrhea and syphilis infections were up more than 50 percent from 2012. Alaska was ranked first in the nation for Chlamydia infections in 2013. And in just the first five months of this year, 23 new cases of HIV have been diagnosed and reported. That’s one less than last year’s total.Download AudioSusan Jones with the state’s Section of Epidemiology says it’s hard to know exactly why more cases of gonorrhea and Chlamydia are being reported. With thousands of people testing positive, they can’t ask everyone about their sexual behaviors.“Could it be that individuals are seeking service and getting detected earlier? That could be part of it,” Jones says. “Could it be that providers are aware that they should screen for gonorrhea and they are doing more screening? That could be part of it.”But Jones says they do ask people who test positive for syphilis and HIV about their risk factors. She says some of the increase is due to people meeting their sexual partners online or through phone apps.“If you’re a person practicing these high risk behaviors, of having sex with people that you don’t know, be careful.”Jones says one of the key ways to stop the spread of STDs is for infected people to inform their partners and help them get treated. She says the state can help track them down.“You know back in the day, it used to be phone calls and knocking on the door. Today it’s phone apps and social media.”The state offers free treatment for people who are infected, though funding for that program runs out at the end of this month.last_img read more

Chinas Foxconn Confirms Rs12800 Crore Boost for Make in India In Talks

first_imgTaiwanese tech giant Foxconn Technology plans to make long-term investments in India, giving a fillip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.The company is in discussions with the Gujarat-based Adani Group and other domestic firms to establish manufacturing plants in the country.”We are very encouraged to invest in India but a decision is not final yet,” said Foxconn chairman and CEO Terry Gou, who is on an India visit for the second time in less than two months.Gou, who met PM Modi on Tuesday, said the company is “very interested” in many government programmes including Make in India, Skill India, Digital India and Clean India.”We don’t want to be just manufacturers or assemblers but we want to get the whole supply chain… We are looking at long term hi-tech investment…. from a five to 10 year view,” The Indian Express quoted Gou as saying.During his earlier visit, the chairman had said the company was planning to create minimum one million jobs in India by establishing 10-12 manufacturing units in the country by 2020.According to the Economic Times,. the investment funnelled out over the next five years will be around 2 billion (Rs 12,800 crore).Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, is also looking to establish data centres and incubators in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, besides investing in domestic Internet start-ups, small and medium enterprises and handset manufacturers.Currently, Foxconn manufactures iPhones and iPads for Apple and Kindle e-book readers for Amazon Inc, besides making electronic equipment for top global tech firms such as Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.Gou said Foxconn is looking to partner with billionaire Gautam Adani’s Adani Group to set up electronics manufacturing units in the country.”We will be working very closely with them,” he said, without giving any details on a “possible deal” with Adani.He also said the company is in talks with local tech companies including Micromax and Snapdeal.Gou also confirmed Foxconn’s investment in the country’s second largest e-commerce firm Snapdeal, without giving any details on the transaction, Livemint reported.A Bloomberg report on Monday said that Snapdeal is in plans to raise nearly $500 million, with Chinese Alibaba Group and Foxconn as the main investors.Without mentioning the exact locations, Gou said the company is evaluating states including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra to set up manufacturing facilities.He highlighted “logistics, supply chain, supply risk, infrastructure, particularly power, carbon emissions and land acquisition” as some of the concerns for the company to set up “manufacturing and exporting facilities in India.”last_img read more

ESPN employees gear up for a notsohappy Thanksgiving as firm set to

first_img ESPN layoffs see 100 employees face cuts Close As the United States celebrates Thanksgiving today, November 23, it looks like several ESPN employees will have little to give thanks for. The US-based global cable and satellite sports television channel is set to lay off about 100 staffers between Thanksgiving and Christmas reportedly due to budget constraints.A lot of these job cuts are said to be from the television division, including producers, executives, and digital and technology employees and staffers of the SportsCenter franchise are also likely to bear the brunt of the move, reported Sports Illustrated.With this round of layoffs, ESPN is likely to slash an estimated amount of $80 million in salaries and other expenses. Speaking of the planned layoffs, a source told Sporting News: “ESPN is dealing with three simple math problems. They have fewer subscribers than they planned for. They have higher costs than they planned for. They have lower ratings than they hoped for.”ESPN’s budget is said to have been impacted by the increasing costs of event rights as well as the advent of online streaming services, due to which it has also lost several customers.Another source also told the site that many ESPN employees are worried about the reported layoffs and have already been sending resumes to competitors. “The narrative from many long-timers still there is: ‘I know my day is coming. It’s not if. It’s when.'”While these layoffs have been a hot topic for discussion for a while now, with employees said to be feeling “queasy,” about the job cuts, ESPN is yet to comment on any of these reports.Even though the network remains one of the most preferred firms for job seekers in the field of sports and has also been hiring several employees, ESPN also seems to be cutting jobs on a regular basis. In April, the television channel laid off about 100 employees, which included about 10 percent of its on-air staffers and writers. A not-so-happy Thanksgiving for employees as ESPN gears up to cut about 100 jobsReutersExplaining its stand ESPN had then said: “A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions.”Additionally, in October 2015, ESPN cut about 300 jobs, which included employees that had been with the channel for several years, and helped build the brand with all their hearts. At the time, ESPN president John Skipper had written to the firm’s employees and said that the job cuts was a part of “a number of organizational changes at ESPN to better support our future goals.””I realize this process will be difficult – for everyone – but we believe the steps we are taking will ultimately create important competitive advantages for our business over the long term. I sincerely appreciate your professionalism and continued support as we move forward to ensure the continued success of ESPN and assure sports fans everywhere the best is yet to come,” Skipper added.last_img read more