After initial success AAP govt to extend free coaching scheme to OBC

first_imgNew Delhi: Buoyed by the success of its free coaching scheme ‘Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana’, the AAP government has decided to extend it to needy students from general category and other backward classes. Thirty-five underprivileged students, who got free coaching under the scheme, have cracked the JEE Main and NEET examination this year. Five of them have secured admissions to leading technical and medical institutions such as Lady Hardinge College, IIT-Delhi, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, National Institute of Technology Delhi and Banaras Hindu University. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam told PTI that the government was considering extending the scheme to needy students belonging to OBC and general category. “At present, selected students are availing free coaching for four months. The Delhi government bears all expenses, up to Rs 50,000 per student. We are considering increasing this amount to Rs 1.5 lakh and the course duration to 12 months,” the minister added. Of the 107 students who got free coaching for engineering and medical entrance exams under the scheme, 13 have been declared successful in the JEE Main and 22 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). Under the scheme, launched by the AAP dispensation last year, as many as 4,953 students enrolled for availing coaching for various exams, including those conducted by the UPSC, SSC, banks, Railway Recruitment Board, Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board and insurance companies in 2018-19, the minister said.last_img read more

Book Review Leeza Gibbons Take 2 Your Guide To Happy Endings And

first_imgLeeza Gibbons is no stranger to new beginnings, and in her new book – Take 2: Your Guide To Happy Endings and New Beginnings – she explains just how you can take control and live life to your rules.Leeza Gibbons Take 2“If you could hit the reset button and start over, would you? I did and I’ve found anytime is a good time for a re-do! That’s why I am so excited to tell you about the release of my brand new book, Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings,” she says about Take 2. “This is more than a book to me. It’s a chance for me to share my life and the lessons I have learned with you in hopes that you’ll be inspired, encouraged and empowered enough to realize that if this is not the life you ordered, you can always call for a TAKE 2!”Known for her work as TV host extraordinaire and founder of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, Leeza has led a fascinating life that has twisted and turned as she constantly reinvented herself. And in Take 2, Leeza leads us through some of the decisions that peppered her journey from a small town in South Carolina to superstardom in Hollywood, from devoted mother and wife to Alzheimer’s caregiver. Along the way she recounts encounters with Olivia Newton-John, Jamie Lee Curtis, Maria Shriver, Jessica Biel and many other stars she was able to draw inspiration from.“The book is really for anyone who wants to head in a new direction,” she says. “If you got divorced, depressed, fired or maybe you’ve gained weight – I’ll help you begin again. If you feel stuck or if you’ve just lost your way, TAKE 2 will help you get back on track and will remind you that this is YOUR life and it should be lived by YOUR rules!”Primarily aimed at women, Take 2 is also an important read for men who want to reboot their lives, or feel the need to better understand their partners. It is a book that can be read from cover-to-cover or dipped into on days when life is just not going the way you planned it. And with sections on change, how to look and feel good, and letting the spirit soar, Take 2 is a book that massages the soul and shows you how to live life by your rules.Leeza Gibbon’s Take 2 can be ordered at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Broken Legal Aid Alberta refused to pay for intellectually challenged womans appeal

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsCALGARY — The Alberta Court of Appeal in Calgary on Thursday ordered the province’s Attorney General to pay for an intellectually challenged woman’s successful appeal of a murder conviction because the legal aid agency refused to foot the bill on grounds the case had no merits.It took the Court of Appeal’s three Justices, Peter Martin, Patricia Rowbotham and Brian O’Ferrall, mere minutes to arrive at the ruling in favour of Deborah Hatch, the Edmonton lawyer who took on the case of Wendy Scott, a 31 year-old Medicine Hat, Alta., resident who pleaded guilty to the 2011 murder of Casey Armstrong, 48. Scott was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.“For (Legal Aid Alberta) to say there is no merit to the appeal in the face of all they know is completely outrageous,” said Hatch, in an interview following the hearing. “It shows you we have a Legal Aid system that is very broken right now.”The same court last week ordered a new trial for Scott after the Crown conceded the facts presented to the original trial judge did not support her guilty plea for second degree murder. Scott is now scheduled to appear before the Court of Queen’s Bench for arraignment on Nov. 19 in Medicine Hat, Alta.Crown orders new trial for Wendy ScottScott was one of two women convicted of Armstrong’s murder. Both cases were handled by Medicine Hat Crown Andrea Dolan. Dolan relied exclusively on Scott’s testimony to build a case against co-accused Connie Oakes, a Cree woman from Nekaneet First Nation who is also appealing her murder conviction.Click here to follow Connie Oakes storyScott testified that she travelled with Oakes to Armstrong’s trailer in a red car and watched her kill the man with a knife. Scott has since stated in an affidavit filed as part of Oakes’ appeal that she doesn’t believe Oakes was at the scene of the murder.Scott also named three other people as being responsible for the murder during interrogations with Medicine Hat police.Wendy Scott in an undated photoScott has an intellectual disability and has been assessed by a psychiatrist of having an IQ of 50.Hatch said Scott is aware that she will get a new trial.“You can imagine that the entire scenario is a pretty crushing situation,” said Hatch. “(Scott) understands that that is happening. I think she is relieved at this point. It is obviously very stressful to go through this.”Hatch worked Scott’s case pro bono after Legal Aid Alberta refused to cover the appeal on grounds the case had no merit. Hatch took the issue to the appeals court after the Crown agreed to only pay Legal Aid’s rate.Hatch said it’s baffling Legal Aid continued to stick to its position even after the conviction was quashed and a new trial ordered.“I think the court is recognizing here that the appeal has merit, the conviction has been overturned. You couldn’t have an appeal that has more merit than that. As I said in court, I have never seen the Crown concede an appeal, agree a conviction should be quashed when there is no merit to it,” said Hatch.Wendy Scott’s lawyer, Deborah Hatch in Calgary. Photo: Jorge Barrera/APTNHatch said Legal Aid has insisted that it is abiding by its own legal opinions on the case.“All I can tell you is that they said, ‘The opinions we have on file with the exception of your own have clearly indicated that they felt the appeal was without merit,” said Hatch, reading from a letter sent to her by Legal Aid.One of the legal opinions relied on by Legal Aid came from Scott’s trial lawyer Maggie O’Shaughnessy, according to an affidavit filed by Scott with the court.O’Shaughnessy did not respond to a request for comment.Legal Aid Alberta sent a statement to APTN saying privacy laws prevented the agency from commenting on the case.Legal Aid, however, is paying for a lawyer to represent Scott to oppose APTN National News’ application to obtain videos of Scott’s police interrogations which were filed in during trial as exhibits for information. Scott’s Legal Aid-appointed counsel Maureen McConaghy is also fighting the release of video portions that were played in open court during Oakes’ trial.Hatch said she doesn’t understand why Legal Aid, at Scott’s request, agreed to pay for the intervention in APTN’s case while refusing to pay for her appeal.“Nobody has given me any explanation about why you would grant coverage to deal with an application for access to exhibits and not cover somebody to appeal a conviction that could keep them incarcerated for life,” said Hatch. “Don’t get me wrong that the media component is not important, but I think you know a conviction for murder is as significant as it gets.”Scott, who pleaded guilty to second degree murder on Nov. 8, 2012, began her struggle with Legal Aid in 2013. After calling around in British Columbia, where she was initially held after sentencing, and Alberta Legal Aid’s regional offices in Lethbridge, Alta., and Medicine Hat, Alta., she finally formally applied for coverage on Sept. 12, 2013, according to one of her affidavits filed in court as part of her appeal.“It is hard to make applications to Legal Aid when you are in jail and cannot meet with someone in person. It is also hard when it is confusion to know who to speak to,” said Scott, in the affidavit.Scott stated in the affidavit that “corrections personnel” told her she may have been wrongfully convicted for murder. Scott said she was told to contact Kim Pate, the executive Director of Elizabeth Fry Societies, who referred her to Montreal lawyer Lucie Joncas, an expert in the field of criminal law and mental health. Joncas met with Scott and put her in touch with Hatch.Scott stated in one of her affidavits that Legal Aid received an opinion from her trial lawyer on June 23, 2014. The next month Legal Aid told her she would not get coverage for her appeal.Without the twist of fate that led Scott to Pate, she would still be sitting at the Philippe-Pinel psychiatric institution in Montreal staring down the barrel of a life sentence.“There was a team of people that worked for Ms. Scott here, but it shouldn’t fall on the shoulders of people to do this routinely without any pay,” said Hatch. “I think we all recognize that if we have a system with one side getting paid, the prosecution side, and the defence working for free, that is really not sustainable and you are going to have a lot of miscarriages of justice if you allow it to continue, most especially when you have vulnerable accused persons.”Hatch said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government needs to urgently fix the province’s Legal Aid system.“I think that probably it is fair to say that all defence counsel and all prosecutors too are hopeful that changes are made to the legal aid system and hopefully that happens quickly,” said Hatch.Under the previous Progressive Conservative provincial government there was ample evidence of the Justice Minister actively directing decisions to the Legal Aid board on things like what programs to keep and discard. The previous provincial government also cut Legal Aid funding for trial experts.“I don’t think anyone who is having counsel appointed through Legal Aid would want to understand that the system is not independent and that the same party that instructs the Crown is providing instruction to legal aid,” said Hatch.Alberta Justice and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kathleen Ganley. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTNJustice Minister and Attorney General Kathleen Ganley said in a statement sent to APTN she could not comment on the specifics of the Scott case because it is still before the courts. Ganley stated the government is working to fix the system in the short and long term.“Our government is committed to ensuring Legal Aid is available to low-income and vulnerable Albertans. We know it is essential to promoting access to justice,” said Ganley in the statement. “In the short-term, we’re working on solutions to help stabilize it. In the long-term we’re working with Legal Aid to determine what the best process is to move forward and ensure the services are there for those who need them most.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Morocco’s ‘Autos & Renewables’ Among Top 6 Sectors to Watch in…

Casablanca – Fitch Group’s research firm BMI published a study on sectors in MENA that should outperform in the coming years albeit the mild macroeconomic outlook for the region.According to the study, the region should grow at a mild growth rate of 2.5% per annum over the next decade below an average growth rate of 3.7% per annum yielded over the previous one.According to BMI research, “bright spots remain and several sectors are set for particularly strong growth”. Among the top six sectors to add to one’s watch list, is UAE’s infrastructure sector, which should benefit from substantial investment flows into Dubai’s and Abu Dhabi’s transport, energy and tourism sectors. Furthermore, Dubai will host the World Expo 2020, which should also spur the construction sector. BMI foresees UAE’s construction sector value to reach AED 330.25 billion by 2026 vs. AED 177.88 forecasted for 2017. In addition, in the UAE, BMI believe that the healthcare sector should benefit from increased pharmaceutical sales, which should account for 0.76% of GDP by 2021 vs. 0.65% in 2015. According to the paper, there should be an increased preference for patented drugs mainly for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and oncology among other therapeutic areas.The third sector that should perform well is the luxury sector in Iran thanks to a booming middle class and of course, the removal of economic sanctions which boost significantly the per capita consumer-spending outlook. In Egypt, natural gas production should soar during the coming years to stand at 66.5 bcm by 2010 vs. 44.3 bcm in 2015.In Morocco, two sectors were selected by BMI as top sectors in the MENA region with a strong potential over the next decade:First, the Autos sector with “vehicle production and net-exports to grow by an annual average of 18.5% and 24.8%, respectively over 2017-2021” thanks to many auto manufacturers attracted to Morocco for its logistical ties to Europe, West- and North-Africa, as well as the government’s pro-investment stance and political stability.Second, the Power and Renewables sector with Morocco’s efforts to use imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a feedstock; and with Morocco heading towards becoming one of “the best markets for non-hydropower renewables investment in the MENA region over the coming decade”.In 2016, natural gas accounted for 17% of total power generation in Morocco, while non-hydropower renewables accounted for 8%. BMI forecasts non-hydropower renewables generation to stand at 5.845 TWh by 2021 vs. 2.152 TWh in 2015. read more

Shelter remains top priority in UN quake relief in Pakistan

At the same time, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said there is just a three-week window of opportunity to deliver assistance to mountainous quake-hit areas before the first snowfall. In addition, severe weather, with heavy rain, is forecast to hit the area in the next three to four days.So far, the official death toll is more than 51,000 and the number of injured more than 74,000. These numbers are expected to increase still further. Thousands of people remain isolated in remote valley areas. Exact numbers remain unknown and the humanitarian community and Government are focusing on determining how many people still need to be reached, OCHA added.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which over the weekend sent in 1,500 tents, 4,500 blankets, 2,200 plastic sheets, 3,000 jerry cans and 700 kitchen sets to affected areas in Balakot, Batagram and Muzaffarabad, is aiming to set up a secure camp environment for around 500,000 of those made homeless.”Newcomers are arriving every day. Some of them are from the local areas but many of them have come from as far as Muzaffarabad after hearing about aid in Balakot,” Blasé Kojcevsky, a camp manager in UNHCR’s emergency team in Balakot, said.In all, more than 15,000 UNHCR family tents, 220,000 blankets, some 70,000 plastic sheets, 15,000 kitchen sets, 31,000 jerry cans, 2,000 stoves and 5,000 lanterns are being rushed to Pakistan for the relief effort. The agency already had an additional 4,700 tents in Pakistan when the earthquake struck.OCHA said shelter remained the overriding priority, both for homeless families and patients admitted to field medical facilities. Although 62,000 tents overall have already been delivered and some 200,000 tents will be in country by the start of the winter, they will shelter less than half the homeless families, and will not cover the needs of field hospitals for post-operative patients, it added.Moreover, approximately 50 per cent of the mountainous terrain is unsuitable for tents. Other creative solutions are being worked on, using local knowledge and available materials.”Having to wait days for basic medical assistance or undergoing operations and treatment in poorly equipped or partially-destroyed hospitals has increased the rate of life-threatening infections and gangrene,” OCHA said. “The breakdown of safe water supplies and sanitation has also increased the risk of diarrhoeal diseases and other outbreaks.”Nearly 500,000 people have received UN World Food Programme (WFP) high-energy food rations. Food supplies are now reaching the main hubs, and then moved on to remote locations by mule or on foot, or are collected by survivors and taken home.But over 1 million people still need food. Affected communities generally have some food stocks, as they are normally accumulated for winter. But without proper shelter, these stocks will be destroyed or will deteriorate, OCHA warned. With disrupted roads, it is difficult or impossible for many affected people to replace supplies through regular means. read more

Buju Banton live in concert on May 25

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBuju Banton urges youth to stay away from violenceMay 28, 2019In “Entertainment”Buju Banton’s first performance set for Jamaica, DJ Khaled visitsDecember 19, 2018In “Entertainment”CJIA records over 31,000 arrivals in MayJune 9, 2019In “Business” Reggae Super star Buju Banton is confirmed to perform in Guyana on May 25, 2019 as part of the Independence Carnival Celebrations.Over the past couple days, much excitement has been generated after a few popular social media sites leaked information that Buju Banton is expected to perform in Guyana in May.Buju BantonAfter seeing how excited Guyanese were to see Buju, High Frequency Entertainment in collaboration with King Leo Promotion and the Guyana Carnival Committee decided that it is a great opportunity to make Guyana a part of the ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ tour.Buju Banton, who’s ‘Long Road to Freedom’ tour was announced late last year, listed many countries in the Caribbean, such as, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Kitts, Suriname, Grenada and his home country of Jamaica; finally, Guyana is on that list.Banton, who has always referred to Guyana as one of his favourite countries to perform in the Caribbean, has not performed here for over 12 years, however, he will return with his full band to give his Guyanese fans a long overdue and highly anticipated concert.The reggae superstar is known for hits such as, ‘untold stories’, ‘wanna be loved’, ‘champion’, ‘deportees’, ‘not an easy road’ and much more.Tickets went on sale on Wednesday via the internet. General Admission tickets cost US$25 while the VIP tickets cost US$150 and the VVIP tickets will be available at a cost of US$200 each.  For those who wish to purchase their tickets online, you can go to IAMLEGENDCONCERT.COM/I-AM-LEGEND-GUYANA/Stay tuned to our social media sites @guyanacarnival and our website www.guyanacarnival592.com for more details. read more

Inside the life of Zaila Sugrim who suffered 15 years of

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan charged with murder of ex-wife Zaila SugrimMay 20, 2019In “Court”Body of missing woman found in shallow graveMay 14, 2019In “Crime”MP urges abused women to seek helpMay 28, 2019In “Crime” Zalia SugrimZaila Sugrim, 37, suffered some 15 years of abuse from her husband, Ryan Sugrim, with whom she had five children.Her body was yesterday found in a shallow grave in the backyard of her husband’s home at Crane, West Coast Demerara (WCD).In 2018, Sugrim had finally mustered up the courage to leave her husband, the owner of a Shell Gas Station, which is located in front of the house where they lived.The estranged husband has since confessed to killing the woman; he remains in police custody.The pair met at the University of Guyana (UG) and in 2004, they tied the knot, in what was described as a joyous and grand ceremony.However, shortly after, their relationship rapidly deteriorated.According to Sugrim’s brother, Ahmad Haniff, it all went downhill when his sister’s husband attacked their father.Ahmad HaniffHe explained that there was a disagreement between his sister and her husband, which led to the man allegedly chopping Kalam Ahmad (their father) to his head.The relationship between the families were strained thereafter, resulting in the husband banning his wife from seeing her family. The family was also banned from visiting.However, some 15 years later, Haniff recalled receiving a call from someone claiming to be his sister. He was in disbelief as he had not heard from his sister in years.“She contacted we by phone and we didn’t even know it was her, we had to ask she certain questions and then we realise that it was her,” he explained.Sugrim was calling from a hospital bed, where she was recovering after being severely beaten by her husband. The incident had occurred on December 14, 2018 – and it was her last straw.The matter was reported to the Police and her husband was arrested and charged. He was taken before the Leonora Magistrate’s Court after he was charged for unlawfully and maliciously causing grievous bodily harm to Sugrim.The woman who was present at the hearing had expressed fear for her life. However, in a bail application at the time, the suspect’s attorney informed the court that he was the sole breadwinner for his five children and he was granted bail on the condition that he stays 100 feet away from Sugrim.Following the incident, the woman had moved in with her brother. Not being able to provide for her children, she gave up custody to the suspect. She was however allowed to visit her children.Residents at the scene of the crimeIt was on Saturday last (May 11, 2019), Sugrim left her brother’s Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) house where she had been living for the last eight months, to be picked up by her estranged husband to visit the businessman’s home where she was expected to celebrate the birthday of her eldest child.However, the 14-year-old child reported that she did not see nor hear from her mother.By nightfall, Sugrim’s family became worried since it was very unusual for her not to call if she was out for long periods.“In the afternoon like around six o’clock I get worried because she does normally call me and she and I coming home lil late or I might not come home… so when I see six o’clock, I calling she phone, she phone turn off, I call me sista, me brother them and so, father, everybody saying that no, them aint hear from she… at around 10, 11 the night, I keep calling no response,” her brother explained.On Sunday morning, the worried man visited the Diamond Police Station where he filled a missing persons’ report. In the company of several Police Officers, a visit was made to his sister’s estranged husband’s home, where the man was uncooperative, but nonetheless informed Haniff and the Police that he did not see Zaila nor does he want anything to do with her.After realising that something was amiss, the suspect’s children reportedly inspected CCTV footage of the home but a particular time period was deleted.This was reported to Sugrim’s relatives, who in turn informed Police ranks. This led to ranks swooping down on the suspect’s La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD) property where a search was carried out, however, nothing was found.After relatives made additional reports on Monday at the Diamond Police Station, another group of ranks swooped down on the suspect’s Crane home.After a search of the suspect’s motorcar, it was then that the Police received a break in the case after blood was spotted in the car’s trunk. This prompted Police to arrest the suspect and impound the car.After much interrogation, the suspect finally broke down and confessed that he indeed killed his estranged wife and led Police to where he buried the body, which was buried in a shallow grave.Priya Manickand at the scene of the crimeAt the scene of the crime, the woman’s five children were crying uncontrollably. They had to be consoled by Priya Manickchand, the attorney who was helping their mother escape from her abusive marriage.“She was really trying to get out of this abusive relationship, that was abusive for many years that she had allegedly against the person they have in custody right now, which was her husband and that is where I was representing her,” Manickchand explained.Babita SarjouThe situation is reminiscent of that of Babita Sarjou, a young woman who had left her mother’s home in November 2010 to spend time with her estranged husband and four-year-old son at the Diwali Motorcades.She was never seen or heard from since then and the case became cold. However, some six years later, the case was reopened and police found the woman’s decomposed body buried in a grave in the backyard of her estranged husband’s Campbellville home. read more

President to meet GECOM today

President David Granger is scheduled to meet with the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission along with the six Commissioners.The meeting is slated for this morning at the Ministry of the Presidency.This was confirmed by several commissioners.Reports suggest that the meeting is regarding the setting of a date for elections.The meeting comes just before the High Court rules on the challenge against the house-to-house registration exercise and before the Commission’s first meeting which is slated for August 15 – after the court ruling.In an invited comment, Opposition Leader Bharrat said the Opposition would also like a meeting with GECOM.“I am glad that the entire Commission is meeting with the President . As a holder of the constitutional office of Leader of the opposition I intend to request a meeting with the Commission . I expect the Chairperson and commissioners will want to hear our views too.”“As regards the President naming a date in mid December for elections (as reported by local news entity Demerara Waves) would mean that the President will be acting in flagrant disregard of the CCJ’s ruling and in violation of article 106 of our Constitution .“If this is true it would seem that it is designed to influence the use of what we know would be flawed list emerging from a rushed , unscrutinized house to house registration that will deregister tens of thousands of Guyanese voters . This will result in chaos in Guyana.”Jagdeo posited that the Elections Commission should be guided “not by the unilateral action or unconstitutional desire of the President but by the primary law of our country.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPres. Granger hopes for GECOM’s position on early elections within a weekAugust 9, 2019In “latest news”Granger, Jagdeo exchange views on early electionsAugust 9, 2019In “latest news”Opposition Commissioners talk early elections with new GECOM ChairJuly 31, 2019In “latest news” read more

SEHA Final4 Croatian derby and VardarMeshkov clash

SEHA Final4 2019 Regular season of the SEHA Gazprom League is over! RK Vardar Skopje ended at the first place which put EHF CL 2017 winners and reigning SEHA champions on the host of the Final4 tournament – Meshkov Brest, at semi-final.Meshkov Brest beat RK Nexe in Nasice 29:26, but that didn’t prevent them of taking the fourth place at the end of regular season.HC Tatran Presov beat RK PPD Zagreb 29:28 in away match. This means that handball fans will enjoy in Croatian derby between RK Zagreb and RK Nexe at second semi-final.SEHA Final4 will be held on April 2/3 in Brest, Belarus. ← Previous Story William Accambray is on Cesson Rennes target Next Story → Anti leaves HBC Nantes in 2020 – Start of Entrerrios’ era? read more

SIPTU escalates plans for AllIreland train strikes

first_imgUpdated: 7.10 pmSIPTU HAS THREATENED additional industrial action which would bring to five the number of days affected by train strikes in August and September.According to a statement this evening, the union has added 7, 8 and 21 September as proposed days of work stoppages.The new dates for industrial action (for both SIPTU and NBRU) are now as follows:Sunday 24 August (All-Ireland football semi-final)Monday 25 AugustSunday 7 September (All-Ireland hurling final)Monday 8 SeptemberSunday 21 September (All-Ireland football final)SIPTU Organiser Paul Cullen these evening announced:The SIPTU Rail Committee today decided to issue Irish Rail with notice of two further work stoppages if the company follows through on its stated intention to implement pay cuts without agreement. These work stoppages are in addition to industrial action scheduled to begin on Sunday, 24 August, with workers implementing a ‘work to rule’ action, and a 24-hour work stoppage beginning at 12.01 am on Monday, 25th.The National Bus and Railworkers Union (NBRU) had already announced they would be taking industrial action on 24-25 August, as well as 7 and 21 September, with SIPTU joining them on 25 August.Today’s proposals, however, mean that SIPTU workers at Irish Rail will now also be striking on Sunday, 7 September (the day of the All-Ireland hurling final) and Sunday, 21 September (All-Ireland football final day).SIPTU has also added Monday, 8 September as a work stoppage day.Read: Union boss – All-Ireland day strikes will go ahead, despite what Paschal Donohoe says>Strike by Irish Rail workers to hit All-Ireland semi and finals>last_img read more

Turkey has the ability to launch missile attack on Athens reports Yeni

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An article in Turkey’s pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak outlines what would happen in the case that Greece and Turkey were at war. It concludes that Greece would not be able to win a war without assistance from other forces and hence, dismisses so-called ‘provocative statements’ by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as being in the context of the general election campaign.The article quotes military experts who state that Turkey has the capability of striking with missiles beyond Athens in the event of a Greek-Turkish war. Defence policy analyst Turan Oguz is quoted in the article as saying that Turkey has the potential to hit Greek targets on the Aegean islands and can even reach the Athens CBD with its SOM and BORA missiles without a single casualty suffered on the Turkish side.The SOM cruise missile – first unveiled during a 100th anniversary celebration event of the Turkish Air Force at Cigli Air Base in Smyrna in 2011 – is a next-generation high precision cruise missile  that can be launched from land, sea and air and is designed to destroy both stationary and moving targets at a standoff distance of over 180 kilometres.  The BORA is a tactical ballistic missile that entered Turkey’s service in May 2017. The improved BORA-2 is currently under development.Source: Yeni Safaklast_img read more

Archbishop Makarios twoweek tour of Melbourne comes to an end

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Archbishop Makarios rounded up the second week of his tour around Melbourne, visiting as many churches, Greek schools and organisations as possible while giving the promise of more to come when he returns to the city in October.The main purpose of his visit was to explore the Greek community of Melbourne and examine the problems that the church currently faces in the city with the largest Greek population in Australia. Once a social centre for the early Greeks of the diaspora, the early church in Australia was more than a belief system – it was a way to ensure the survival of Greek culture and language and early immigrants turned to the institution for support.Years onward, and the church, like many other Greek associations, has noted waning interest by second and third generation migrants that have assimilated into Australian culture.Its survival depends on rekindling memories and roots. And the only way to do that is to remain relevant.In an interview with Eugenia Pavlopoulou at Neos Kosmos‘ offices, Archbishop Makarios pointed to the social problems young Greeks face today.“It isn’t the same in all areas,” he said, pinpointing drug problems to be a major issue for Melburnians.“While I offer antidoro bread or when people greet me I say a word or two with each one, and at that time, allow me to say that I ‘fish’, in the good sense. And what I sensed to be the biggest problem in Melbourne and the wider district are drugs and that is something that surprised me, because in Greece today (drug problems) are quite outdated.”He also blames himself as a church representative for the extent that the problem has taken.“I believe that if we had made stronger efforts, then our children wouldn’t have turned to narcotics,” Archbishop Makarios said, adding that the church should act as a family.“A family plays a very important role in the course of the lives that children and young people have.”Archbishop Makarios told Neos Kosmos that unity is important for the church.“The schismatic churches were once a larger problem, however the late Archbishop Stylianos managed, in his way, to achieve a lot in this sector and assistant bishops of the Archdiocese worked with great ecclesiastic consciousness,” he said, optimistic that things will get better, adding that he has had meetings with representatives of these churches.“I set preconditions and I also gave a time frame. I can see that what I asked for has been followed to the word, without diversion and if they do as they promised, then I will do what I promised and I will include them in the wider church,” he said, adding that there is “love, goodwill and the inclination” for unity on his part, adding that “Greeks and the Orthodox do not have the luxury to be divided”.The reason he did not visit any of the community churches of Melbourne during this tour was also a matter of coincidence, and he told Neos Kosmos that this would be rectified on his next visit.last_img read more

Greeces refugee helper George Treloar honoured in Ballarat

first_imgMajor George Devine Treloar, the Leaque of Nations Refugee Commissioner in Thrace and Macedonia in the wake of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, has been inducted into the Legends of his old school, St Patricks College in his birthplace of Ballarat.The induction was held at a special dinner and presentation night on Sunday 31 August. Others inducted were Peter Blenkiron and Dr Michael Flynn.Amongst the crowd were representatives of Melbourne’s George Treloar Memorial Committee, including Litsa Athanasiadis.A wonderful night, Ms Athanasiadis said a highlight was meeting members of George Treloar’s family, especially his son David Treloar who travelled from Perth to take part in the event, and his niece Eleanor Lacey from Canberra.“It has been a great privilege to have begun this journey of honouring George Treloar on behalf of all the descendants who George assisted in northern Greece. They arrived on the shores of Greece, destitute and in need of help. Thankfully for them, they were assisted by this great humanitarian, and if it were not for his work nearly 100 years ago, many of us would not be here today,” Ms Athanasiadis said.In his role as refugee helper, it is estimated that Mr Treloar assisted approximately 108,000 Christian refugees who had been forced to flee their home across Asia Minor during the catastrophe of the early 1920’s. Bringing his military and undoubted organisational skills to bear, he ensured the survival of these desperate people and saw the establishment of many new villages, including that of Thrylorion in Thrace that was named in his honour. He was also awarded many military and other decorations, including Greece’s Order of Holy Redeemer.The induction was held the week before the unveiling of the new George Treloar Memorial in Sturt Street, Ballarat, which is due to take place this Sunday, 8 September.READ MORE: An evening with Lis Johnson, sculptor of the George Treloar memorialThe memorial plinth where the new George Treloar Memorial will be installed at 11.00 am on Sunday 8 September.Ms Athanasiadis thanked all of those in the community who have contributed to this important project, which will see the first major commemorative memorial to the work of Mr Treloar erected in Australia.“We have been working on this memorial for many years now and its unveiling will be a fitting tribute not only to George Treloar and his work but to the survival of the culture of these Christian refugees from Asia Minor. The Committee invites all who cherish the memory of George and these refugees to come to Ballarat for this important event this coming Sunday,” she said.Ballarat’s George Treloar Memorial Unveiling – All WelcomeThe George Treloar Memorial Committee in conjunction with the City of Ballarat invite all to attend the unveiling of their new memorial honouring Major George Devine Treloar and his refugee work. The unveiling will include a demonstration of Pontian dancing, symbolising the culture of many of the refugees assisted by George Treloar. All welcome.When: Sunday 8 September at 11.00 amWhere: The memorial site, located in the median strip gardens near the corner of Errard and Sturt Streets, Ballarat VIC.READ MORE | WHAT’S ON Guide: Greek-inspired events across Australia Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pourquoi y atil un trou dans les capuchons de stylo BIC

first_imgPourquoi y a-t-il un trou dans les capuchons de stylo BIC ?On a beau en avoir déjà utilisés des dizaines, qui sait vraiment à quoi sert en réalité le petit trou situé à l’extrémité d’un stylo BIC ? Si vous voulez connaitre la réponse, la voici !Vous avez sans aucun doute déjà utilisé un stylo BIC. Et que vous ayez tendance à la mâchouiller ou non, vous avez aussi sans doute remarqué que son capuchon est toujours percé d’un orifice ? Mais à quoi peut donc bien servir ce trou ? Pourquoi ses concepteurs ont-ils un beau jour décidé de réaliser un orifice à l’extrémité du célèbre crayon à bille alors même que pendant des années ce dernier n’en possédait aucun ?Une invention destinée à sauver des viesÀ lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Comme vous pouvez vous en douter, cette cavité aussi inutile qu’elle puisse paraitre, a pourtant bel et bien une raison d’exister. Apparu au début des années 90, ce trou a tout simplement été conçu pour la sécurité des utilisateurs. C’est en effet en pensant à ceux qui avaient pris la mauvaise habitude de mâchouiller le capuchon au point de parfois l’avaler par mégarde que les responsables de la marque ont pensé à mettre au point cette nouveauté .Grâce à ce trou, l’air pouvait ainsi continuer de circuler si jamais le capuchon resterait bloqué dans la trachée. Depuis l’homologation de cette ingénieuse invention, BIC assure que de nombreuses vies, dont celles de beaucoup d’enfants, ont pu être sauvées. D’ailleurs, le simple stylo BIC n’est pas le seul à arborer une telle particularité qu’on trouve aussi maintenant sur d’autres stylos et feutres. Le 10 octobre 2018 à 13:56 • Guichaoua Virginielast_img read more

WWE star reveals he will be out for two to six months

first_img Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twitter Videos Articles Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Facebook Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 Videos Articles Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WWE star Goldust via Twitter on Tuesday evening.“Update. Will have shoulder surgery. I am not done with the @WWEUniverse yet. See ya in 2-4 months. Remember, i will #Persevere. Thank you!!!”Source: @GoldustRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ WhatsApp Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problemslast_img read more

Wealth at Work in management buyout

first_imgEquistone Partners Europe has completed a management buyout of financial education and wealth management provider Wealth at Work.The £50 million buyout from Palatine Private Equity means that Equistone has a majority stake in Wealth at Work.Palatine retains a minority stake in the financial services firm, alongside Equistone and the management team.The transaction was led by Equistone partners Steve O’Hare and Dominic Geer, who will serve as non-executive directors on Wealth at Work’s board.David Cassidy (pictured), chief executive of Wealth at Work, said: “This new significant investment into Wealth at Work will allow us to continue to grow quickly and therefore meet the rapidly increasing demand for our services, which are now used by a number of the largest companies in the UK.”O’Hare added: “Regulatory change and increased pressures for employers to boost engagement with staff is driving demand for services at Wealth at Work. Pension schemes can be highly complex and given the new flexibilities and choices, it is more important than ever that employees are guided in the right direction.“The business is well placed for continued organic growth and we will also look at strategic acquisition opportunities over the coming months.”last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week 612 July

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 6 and 12 July 2017 were:Aon to acquire Portus ConsultingSoftware organisation builds £3.5m office with three-storey slideRangers Football Club loses appeal in employee benefits trust tax caseTaylor Review proposes dependent contractor statusDulas and Imperial College London named 2017’s Top Employers for Working FamiliesCharlton Morris launches new physical and financial wellbeing benefitsFirefighters to consult on four-year pay deal54% are not offered health benefits by their employerUK Power Networks launches wellbeing programme supported by Olympic athletesSchool teachers in England and Wales to receive up to 2% pay riseBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswylast_img read more

US Army Ranger surprises son at school in Miami Beach

first_imgGRAB SOME TISSUES: After a six month deployment, this @USArmy Ranger surprised his son at school today. Thank you Officer Stringer for helping to coordinate. @northbeachstar pic.twitter.com/JVT48o8trU— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) December 7, 2018The teacher and other students were filled with emotion at the touching reunion.Miami Beach Police helped coordinate the surprise.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A son received a surprise visit from his soldier father in Miami Beach.The U.S. Army Ranger and dad came back after a six-month deployment to surprise his son, Thursday.last_img read more

Annual Kenai Soap Box Derby Tomorrow

first_imgThe race is tomorrow at the Challenger Learning Center parking lot starting at 10:30 a.m. There will be a trophy ceremony at the conclusion of the race where first, second and third place drivers along with best of show car and a sportsman award are presented. Drivers aged 9-17 will be competing in the derby. The winner of Saturday’s race will have the option to represent the Kenai Peninsula in the Ohio nationals or claim a $1,000 scholarship. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Rotary Club of Kenai will be hosting the annual Soap Box Derby tomorrow, in the Challenger Learning Center parking lot.center_img This annual event is sponsored by numerous local community members and is a qualifying race for the National Soap Box Derby event in Ohio.last_img read more