Ajay Yadav confident of winning Gurugram

first_imgCongress’ Gurugram Lok Sabha candidate and former Haryana Finance Minister Capt. Ajay Yadav has expressed confidence that he would emerge the winner, saying that the people had seen through the empty promises of the BJP and the Modi wave has also ebbed. The Congress had on Saturday announced the name of six Lok Sabha candidates for Haryana, including Capt. Yadav.Of the nine Assembly constituencies in the Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency, six are held by the BJP and none by the Congress, but Mr. Yadav said his party always had a strong presence and a dedicated vote bank in South Haryana. He said the election in 2014 was an exception as the people were swept away by the Modi wave, which he said has ebbed now.Capt. Yadav is pitted against BJP leader and Union Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge) Rao Inderjit Singh, a former Congressman. The Aam Aadmi Party-Jannayak Janata Party alliance, announced two days ago, is yet to name its Gurugram candidate.Of the 27 Assembly constituencies in South Haryana, comprising Faridabad, Gurugram and Bhiwani-Mahendergarh Lok Sabha seats, the BJP holds 15 and Congress just four.Chosen over former Transport Minister Aftab Ahmed and ex-Chief Parliamentary Secretary Rao Dhan Singh — the other two candidates in fray seeking tickets from Gurugram — Capt. Yadav, the party’s most senior Ahirwal leader in the region, said Gurugram recently earning the dubious distinction of being the most polluted city in the world was the biggest “achievement” of the National Democratic Alliance government.‘No varsity campus’ “Under the BJP rule, Gurugram has ceased to be the most sought after IT hub. In five years, the BJP could not construct the campus for the State-run Gurugram University. It is still running from a college building as a stop-gap arrangement. We laid the foundation stone of the Defence University in Binola village, but it has not been completed. The announcement for AIIMS at Manethi in Rewari appears to be yet another empty promise,” said Mr. Yadav.last_img read more

Defining matches

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Leo Austria was on his way to oversee San Miguel Beer’s practice on Thursday morning and told the Inquirer the same message he hopes to drill into the Beermen’s heads on the eve of a crucial PBA Philippine Cup clash with back-to-the-wall Blackwater.“This game is very important. Actually, our next two games will be very important,” Austria said over the phone, referring to their 4:30 p.m. clash with the Elite at Cuneta Astrodome on Friday and their tussle with red-hot Alaska on the road in eight days.ADVERTISEMENT And San Miguel will go into its last four games still without high-scoring point guard Alex Cabagnot and back-up power forward Gabby Espinas.There’s still no timeline on Cabagnot’s return, with his injury still “to be evaluated in the next two weeks.”San Miguel is leading the pack with a 6-1 card, with Alaska and Magnolia tied for second at 6-2. The Elasto Painters are the only other team with an outside chance of a twice-to-beat bonus with a 4-3 record.Austria believes that eight wins would mean “an 85 percent chance” of nailing a quarterfinal bonus, but he said that they must get to eight wins or more—and must beat Alaska to get there—to avoid complications in the tiebreak, if ever.“It would be frustrating to fall into ties and losing there,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Arellano, San Beda eye Finals slots Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:33San Miguel will only get better01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Frantic footraceBlackwater, at 2-5, is expected to make its final push for a playoff slot. Unlike those caught in the middle of the standings, the Elite do not have the luxury of playing for position.Instead, the hard-fighting crew of coach Leo Isaac are in a frantic footrace to stay out of the bottom four.Only the top eight teams after the end of the elimination round will make it to the playoffs and as it stands, Blackwater is outside that circle.While the Beermen are trying to salvage a top two spot, NLEX and Meralco clash in the second game at 7 p.m. looking for wins to stay in the running for playoff berths.With a 3-4 record, the Road Warriors still have a chance to salvage a place in the middle of the pack and get a fair chance in the quarterfinals by falling into a best-of-three series.Led by rookie Kiefer Ravena, the league’s No. 2 overall pick, the Road Warriors started the season on the wings of optimism validated lofty predictions by winning their first two matches.But NLEX fell into an inexplicable slump, dropping its next four games to fall out of the race for one of the top two berths. The Road Warriors got back in a big way by bringing down another struggling favorite in Barangay Ginebra but still need to collect wins to stay in the playoff hunt.Meralco, on the other hand, are at 2-5 and would need nothing less than a sweep of its last four games to entertain thoughts of making it past this round for the first time under multititled Norman Black.Struggling anew with a lack of a legitimate big man plus injuries to key players, Meralco has failed to build on the momentum of a run to the Finals in the recent Governors’ Cup. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “These games will practically decide whether we get it (a top two finish) and I will tell my players that we need to go all out (in these),” he said as the Beermen try to keep a solid grip of top spot with a win over Blackwater and make the Alaska game a virtual clash for one of two twice-to-beat privileges.San Miguel has four games left, with KIA Picanto coming after Alaska and then the one against Rain or Shine ending its elimination round schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAustria has put a premium on a win-once bonus on his boys as they gun for an unprecedented fourth straight championship here. “If you have that advantage, you’re virtually assured of making the last four,” he said.The Beermen are in for a rough ride against Blackwater, for not only are the Elite going to fight for dear life, they also have the tools to play big and fast, just like what the Beermen have used to establish a dynasty in this conference.last_img read more

WWE Cuts Ties With Hulk Hogan

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares STAMFORD — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape.The company deleted most references to Hogan on its website and issued a statement Friday saying it had terminated its contract with him.WWE did not give a reason, but issued a statement saying it is “committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”On Friday, a joint report from and The National Enquirer said that Hogan had used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex video that is the subject of an invasion of privacy lawsuit.In a statement, the 61-year-old Hogan apologized for using “offensive language” in a conversation eight years ago.“It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it,” Hogan said, calling his departure from a WWE a resignation.His attorneys did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press.Hogan, perhaps the biggest star in WWE’s five-decade history, was the main draw for the first WrestleMania in 1985 and was a fixture for years in its signature event, facing everyone from Andre The Giant and Randy Savage to The Rock and even company chairman Vince McMahon.He won six WWE championships and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by Sylvester Stallone.But he was able to transcend his “Hulkamania” fan base to become a celebrity outside the wrestling world, appearing in numerous movies and television shows, including a reality show about his life on VH1, “Hogan Knows Best.”Hogan is currently seeking $100 million from the website Gawker for posting part of the sex tape of him with Heather Cole, the ex-wife of Hogan’s one-time friend and radio show host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.Gawker, which removed the video from its website under a court order, said it had the right to publish the edited video because Hogan talked in detail about his sex life before the video’s release, which made the story newsworthy.last_img read more

Minister Grange Commends Sponsors of Labour Day Projects

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is praising the various individuals and organisations that have come forward to lend their support to this year’s Workers’ Week and Labour Day activities.Labour Day is being observed on Wednesday, May 23 under the theme ‘Ramp it up…Fix it up’.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Ms. Grange highlighted the various partners, including the National Health Fund (NHF), National Education Trust (NET), Digicel, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and Berger Paints Limited.She noted that the NHF has already committed $2.5 million towards the scope of works at the Cumberland Road Health Centre in St. Catherine, and additional funds will come from the Ministry of Health.Digicel has donated some $1 million towards the Ramps in Schools Project, which involves the construction of wheelchair ramps at public schools to facilitate greater access by persons with disabilities.“A number of companies have reached out to us, and we will be better able to say, at the end of the celebrations, the monetary contributions that we have received,” Ms. Grange indicated.At the same time, she is appealing for more companies to come on board.“We are in discussion with other public-sector entities who have indicated that they want to come on board, and as soon as we finalise those arrangements, we will be making the announcement,” she said.Meanwhile, the Minister urged Jamaicans to volunteer their time and resources towards the beautification of their communities and the national projects at the Cumberland Road Health Centre and the St Ann’s Bay Infant School in St Ann.“Labour Day and Worker’s week is about volunteerism,” she added.The Minister also thanked the many volunteers who, over the years “have put their heart and soul into making Labour Day and Workers’ Week a success”. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is praising the various individuals and organisations that have come forward to lend their support to this year’s Workers’ Week and Labour Day activities. Labour Day is being observed on Wednesday, May 23 under the theme ‘Ramp it up…Fix it up’. Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Ms. Grange highlighted the various partners, including the National Health Fund (NHF), National Education Trust (NET), Digicel, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and Berger Paints Limited. last_img read more

Al Gore To Host Google Conversation On Climate Crisis

first_imgParticipant Media, Paramount Home Media Distribution and Google announced today that former Vice President Al Gore, chairman of The Climate Reality Project, and Participant Media Chairman and Founder Jeff Skoll will host a Google+ Conversation on the climate crisis to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.In a brief YouTube video released today, Vice President Gore invited people to join the Science on G+ Community and share ideas to mitigate climate change. Over the next week Gore and Skoll will engage with Google+ users on the topic and ultimately will select the five most insightful Community members to join them in a live Google+ Hangout on Air on June 11th at 2PM EDT / 11AM PDT.To celebrate the film’s seventh anniversary, An Inconvenient Truth is also now available for 99 cents on Google Play, allowing a new generation of digital viewers to join the global dialogue. Participant’s digital network,, will also run a special five-part editorial series on climate change that will dive deeper into the issue and its evolution beginning June 10 at As part of the series, TakePart has also teamed with The Climate Reality Project to recommend ten climate crisis actions people can take.This Google+ Hangout on Air is the former Vice President’s first and kicks off Google+ Conversations, a new series on Google+ where everyday users have the opportunity to engage global experts in discussions on the issues that matter to them.last_img read more

Genevabased UN human rights advisory body winds up first session

15 August 2008After making recommendations on the rights of refugees and on the right to food, the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Advisory Committee concluded its first session in Geneva today. Among the 13 recommendations adopted by consensus, the Advisory Committee suggested that the Human Rights Council and the Secretary-General use their good offices to extend the right of non-refoulement to hunger refugees – which would protect them from being sent back to their home countries against their will.It also recommended that the Council launch an urgent appeal to Member States to increase their voluntary contributions substantially and as soon as possible to support the work of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other UN agencies. In addition, the Committee set up a working group charged with making recommendations on the right to the food and the current global food crisis, and another group to prepare a declaration on human rights education and training.“The first session marked a significant step forward in realizing and completing the Council’s institution-building process,” the Acting UN High-Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-Wha Kang told members of the Committee. “It is also an important moment for the international community as this new human rights mechanism charts its future course within the United Nations’ comprehensive human rights system,” she added.The 18-member Advisory Committee will hold its second session from 26 to 30 January 2009. read more

Collective grief not dealt with

The National Peace Council notes that the victory celebrations have been boycotted since their inception by the majority of the country’s elected Tamil political leadership and seen as yet another sign of the political insensitivity of governmental leaders to the sentiments of its multi-ethnic population. The whole nation needs to better understand the Tamil perspective, that they lost their material assets and families but gained nothing from the war victory.  The areas where they lived are destroyed, and many of the population have yet to restore their lives. The National Peace Council regrets deeply that very important recommendations of the LLRC to heal wounds of war and win hearts and minds are not being followed for the second year in succession after the publication of the LLRC report.  Instead the day the war ended will be celebrated by the government with military parades and a display of military hardware. There are posters claiming that it is the country’s Second Independence.   However, this manner of celebrating the day as a Day of Victory will also bring painful memories to the country’s Tamil people. Many of them had relatives and friends who did not come out alive at the end of the war even though they were civilians. The National Peace Council also calls on the entire national polity to recognize that although the civil war ended in 2009 the country has yet to find its path of reconciliation through an inclusive process of political negotiations and a sincere effort to heal the wounds of war. We believe that if the recommendations of the LLRC appointed by the President had been followed, the government could have changed course last year.  Government leaders would have ceased to further engage in ethnic triumphalism and instead focused on commemorating all victims who lost their lives in the senseless conflict.  They could have utilized the occasion of May 19 to resolve that never again would such bloodletting be permitted to take place.  This would have been a commemoration that all Sri Lankans, respecting multi ethnicity, equal rights, and the safety and dignity of all people living on the island could have taken part in as a united Sri Lankan nation.  Instead on the day that marked a watershed in the modern history of the country, people will be divided in their grief.  There will be no collective remembrance of loss, but a reinforcement of the separation that has overshadowed the post-Independence era.The NPC says that even while giving thanks that there is no more war in our land, and blessing our country to have long lasting peace and reconciliation, religious leaders in the country can take the lead in remembering in silent thought or prayer in their temples, kovils, mosques and churches, all those who died in the conflict.  We also call on all the people to light a lamp or candle or perform some other symbolic act with their families in their homes to remember all those who died during the course of the war.  Perhaps where the government has failed civil society can make what effort it can to bind the people in their remembrance.  (Colombo Gazette) The National Peace Council (NPC) says the 4th anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s three decade long civil war is being commemorated today with the absence of a joint commemoration to remember all who lost their lives in it as recommended by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).NPC says the end of the war has greatly improved the lives of people, as they no longer fear bombs and large scale loss of life as in the past.   But the country has yet to deal with the collective grief that accompanies any civil conflict.  The LLRC recommended that a separate event be set apart on National Day in which all those who lost their lives in the war would be remembered. The American Civil War (1861-65) was one of the most ferocious wars ever fought.  The war produced a casualty toll of over 620,000 soldiers on both sides and 50,000 civilians.  But President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that it was a war of brother against brother. General Robert E Lee who led the Confederate armies surrendered and was treated with the utmost respect. There was a common cemetery for the war dead of both sides. The defeated Confederate soldiers were treated leniently.  It was by conciliatory measures that Southern Confederate nationalism was overcome and the defeated State pledged allegiance to the Union.  The conciliatory approach of the American government saw the achievement of the main war goals as realized in 1865, when each ex-rebel state repudiated secession and ratified the Thirteenth Amendment“Four years after the end of the war in Sri Lanka the political solution that the leaders of government promised during the time of the war has yet to materialize.  The Northern Province, where the first gunshots of the war were fired and where the last of the rebel fighters fell, has still to enjoy the right of elected provincial governance even to as limited an extent as the other eight provinces do.   A government ally has filed action in the Supreme Court calling on it to abolish the system of devolution of power for the entire country.  This is not the way for reconciliation and for winning the ethnic minorities over to a Sri Lankan nationalism. It shows a lack of foresight that defines statesmanship.   In this context, we call on the government to ensure that the promised Northern Provincial Council elections in September this year will take place,” NPC said. read more

Peacekeeper convoy from Golan fired upon in Syria leaves four wounded –

A vehicle of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) was carrying troops scheduled to rotate out of their mission when it came under gun fire in an area of Damascus where military operations between the Syrian armed forces and armed members of the opposition were taking place, a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement.Peacekeepers serving with UNDOF operates in the area of Golan, where they monitor the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war. In July, the Security Council agreed to extend the mission’s mandate until 31 December this year.Over the past couple of weeks there have been reported clashes in Golan between Syrian security forces and the armed opposition, linked to the violence taking place in Syria. On 22 November, Syrian arms fire in the Israel-occupied area prompted a response from Israel, and led Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to call on both countries to exercise restraint and cease fire.“The Secretary-General remains deeply concerned about the evolution of the conflict in Syria,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added. “As today’s incident illustrates, the ongoing clashes between the Syrian armed forces and the armed members of the opposition affect UNDOF’s operations and pose a serious risk to United Nations personnel on the ground.”Preliminary information from UNDOF stated that all its personnel from the convoy proceeded to Damascus International Airport, including the four wounded people.Syria has been wracked by violence, with at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 20 months ago. The violence has spawned more than 440,000 refugees, while more than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates. read more

Ban calls for return to civilian order in Thailand after military seizes

“The Secretary-General is seriously concerned by the military takeover in Thailand,” said a statement issued by a UN spokesperson in New York – the second one pertaining to the country in the past 72 hours. According to reports, the Thai military sized control of the country today following months of unrest and widespread protests in Bangkok and elsewhere. Popular demonstrations began in late 2013, with calls for the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration and implementation of anti-corruption reforms. The military declared martial law two days ago. On 7 May, Ms. Shinawatra reportedly was removed from Government after a ruling by the Thai Constitutional Court.“He appeals for a prompt return to constitutional, civilian, democratic rule and an all-inclusive dialogue that will pave the way for long-term peace and prosperity in Thailand,” said today’s statement, which added that the UN chief urged all parties to work together constructively, refrain from violence and respect human rights. read more

Mobilaris launches Mining Frontrunners podcast

first_imgMobilaris Mining & Civil Engineering is launching Mining Frontrunners, a podcast that highlights challenges and opportunities for the mining industry. The podcast invites business leaders, mining managers and experts to discuss the business today and what the future holds, according to the company.“Today, our business is built on the understanding of mining companies’ reality. We know that information management systems and information-driven operations plays a key part in making mining automated,” Mikael Nyström, CEO at Mobilaris Mining and Civil Engineering, said.“Our podcast is an ideal forum for discussing the matter with some of the mining industry’s most brilliant minds. We get to learn more and share our insights.”Mining Frontrunners will have national as well as international guests. The first episode is live, and it’s joined by Peter Richardsson, Senior Vice President and COO at Lundin Mining. “Peter is a well-known voice in the mining industry. Just like us, he has a lot of opinions on how mines can increase productivity and safety,” says Lars-Eric Aaro, chairman of Mobilaris Group.The podcast will be released one-to-two times per month and is available on podcast apps and the Mobilaris website. Peter Burman, Program Manager for Mine Automation at Boliden, will be the guest of the next episode of Mining Frontrunners. Link to Mining Frontrunners: read more

LIVE Authorities intercept flight leaving Boston in security alert

first_imgLAW ENFORCEMENT authorities in Boston have stopped a flight from departing the city’s main airport.The US Airways flight has been evacuated and sniffer dogs are surrounding the scene.The flight had been due to travel to Philadelphia.An unspecified “security issue” has been cited by authorities stopping the flight from taking off.The footage above – which unfortunately is not available to iPhone/iPad users – is from local news station WHDH.In full: Our coverage of the Boston Marathon attackslast_img read more

The tale of the hidden LTE onoff switch

first_imgFor some reason I was under the mistaken impression that, like most other Android devices, the HTC Thunderbolt would get much less ink after it was released. After all, we’ve got dual-core whats-its and Tegra 2 thingamabobs on the horizon, and everyone is much more interested in those, right? It seems that, for many people, LTE is a pretty big deal, and an LTE phone is an even bigger deal.I’ll be honest, the speed offered up by a mostly empty LTE network is a thing of jaw-dropping amazement when you hold it in your hand. The trade-off for that kind of power? Wretched battery life. This isn’t new, either. The HTC Evo 4G, the first of HTC’s devices to operate on a “4G” network was offered up nearly a year ago with a very similar design to the Thunderbolt. The primary difference, aside from a better kickstand, is that the Thunderbolt does not have the ability to turn off the LTE radio to conserve battery life like the EVO does for Wi-Max. Or does it?It didn’t take long after the Thunderbolt was released for some kind of root/superuser access to be found. Once that happened, LTE on/off would be one of the first things done, right beside dumping all the excess app baggage. The Android market was quickly littered with “Root Only” LTE on/off switches, and anyone who has used a Thunderbolt in an area with no LTE will tell you that the battery life is tremendously better without it.One of these developers, however, stepped out and informed us that very little actually had to be done to get this feature, since it was there all along. Justin Case, an android hacker and modder, discovered that a switch to disable LTE was written right into the OS, but had been removed from view. According to Mr. Case, it took all of 4 lines of code to re-activate the switch and make it a separate app for access. The alterations to the code can be found on his public GitHub to see exactly how he accomplished this.This is the kind of event that leaves me in crazy conspiracy theorist mode. Did Verizon have this disabled intentionally? Earlier this week I published an extended review of the Thunderbolt where I witnessed the messy handoff from 3G to LTE, is this the quick fix to ensure that the handoff was well hidden? Or is this just another example of HTC’s sloppy “UI enhancements” covering up an important feature with Sense UI?For whatever reason, it’s not there, and thanks to developers like TeamAndIRC there’s a fix in the Market, and I am told that it will soon be accompanied by a widget for non-root users.last_img read more

Belgian Philhellene warms up 7000 children and 40 schools in northern Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Through his charity initiative ‘Fuel for Schools’, Goodwill Ambassador Jimmy Jamar, who is also the head of the European Commission Representation in Belgium, has managed to raise €35,278 in order to heat 40 schools and 7,000 students in northern Greece.It all started back in 2012 when, as a sign of solidarity and friendship towards the Greek people, a group of Belgian and European citizens living in Brussels launched a cultural event by the name of 12 Hours for Greece. Besides promoting Greek culture and gastronomy, the aim of the initiative, which is run entirely by volunteers, is to raise money and support Greek associations operating within the fields of health and education. In previous years, the events have enticed thousands of people and have hosted well-respected Greek and Belgian artists such as Lavrentis Machairitsas, Dionysis Savvopoulos, Aleka Kanellidou, Panos Mouzourakis, Georges Corraface and Salvatore Adamo, in an attempt to raise funds and assist the Make-a-Wish Foundation, To Hamogelo tou Paidiou (The Smile of a Child), Médecins sans Frontières, ELEPAP (Greek Association for Handicapped Children) and the International Foundation for Greece. Jimmy Jamar studied law and international relations in Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and the United States. He joined the European Commission in 1994 and, besides being the head of the commission representation in Belgium, he is also a real philanthropist and a true Philhellene.In an interview with Neos Kosmos, Jamar talks about his 12 Hours for Greece initiative, his charity organisation and his endless love affair with Greece, which counts back to 1969 when the head commissioner first set foot in Katakolon in the Peloponnese. What inspired you to go ahead and set up an initiative that helps Greek people? It all started in the winter of 2011-2012, at the peak of the crisis. I decided that as a friend of Greece I had to do something and help in any way I could. I was posted in the Netherlands at the time and on my return, in February 2011, I had exactly 10 weeks to organise my first 12 Hours for Greece. During those 10 weeks, I founded a charity organisation, booked a theatre, set up a 12-hour program with readings and dances and put together a fabulous music concert. I hardly slept during that period but the outcome was a great success that attracted lots of media attention and was received extremely well by thousands of people. How did this year’s fundraising go and are you pleased with the outcome? On 22 October we organised the fifth consecutive 12 Hours for Greece event and I can safely say that the spirit is evident more than ever. We collected just over €35,000, which enables us to heat 40 schools and subsequently keep more than 7,000 children and their teachers warm during the winter months. I just came back from my first tour of northern Greece, between Alexandroupoli and Kavala, where we delivered fuel to eight of these schools. I will be back again in January, to visit another eight schools on the island of Samothraki and several others. How long did it take you to collect the funds and attract sponsorships? I work on this project all year round. In the first part of the year, I try to identify potential sponsors and spend a lot of time with them in order to show them what it is that we do. I also visit Belgian schools in an attempt to establish connections with schools in northern Greece. Then I start planning for the concert, which is usually pencilled in for October. I select the performing artists, organise all bookings and travel arrangements and, together with a small organising committee we schedule meetings with Greek restaurant owners to encourage them to offer meals to people that need it most. Once we collect the funds from the concert, together with the International Foundation for Greece, we select the schools that will receive our assistance and start deliveries in December. How hard was it to collect the funds and encourage people to donate towards this cause? The project is now well known among the Greek community in Brussels, but of course, it’s always difficult to collect money. Some people think the crisis is over just because Greece doesn’t feature in the front pages of the world media any more. This perception is entirely incorrect. I always invite those people to come with me and visit the schools so that they can see for themselves that the situation remains rather dramatic. There are hundreds of schools that struggle to purchase fuel. I saw the empty tanks. How did the Greeks of Belgium welcome the initiative? Brussels has a large and very well-organised Greek community of around 20,000 people. People here and in Greece are well aware of our initiative, therefore we receive a tremendous amount of support from the Greeks living in Belgium, as well as from many Belgians and foreigners living in Brussels. How many schools did you visit in Greece and what was the reaction of the Greek people? I initially organised a press conference in Athens on 12 December and the majority of the artists that performed in the Brussels’ concert on 22 October (Lavrentis Machairitsas, Vassilis Lekkas, Alexandra Gravas, Petros Bouras) attended. That’s always a very emotional and passionate moment for everyone. The artists describe their experiences from Brussels, their reasons for participating in the initiative and the feelings they brought back home from their time in Belgium. Then, together with the president of the International Foundation for Greece, Aspasia Leventis, we flew to Alexandroupoli where we started fuel deliveries. Overall, we travelled 400 kilometres in one day, going through from Alexandroupoli to Kavala and distributing fuel to eight schools. So far we have visited one school in Avanta (near Alexandroupoli), three schools at Stavroupoli near Xanthi, two in Paranesti (between Xanthi and Drama) and two in Nevrokopi (just south of the Bulgarian border). I could never even attempt to describe and one could never fathom the emotions and reactions we experience at every school that we visit. Meeting with the school principals, the teachers, the students and their parents is such an amazing and moving experience that it fuels the soul with more energy to get back on the road and collect more funds for those people who need it the most. You have written two books on Greece. You have set up a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to assist the country in a time of turmoil, you own a house in Folegandros and you are always very complimentary towards our country. It seems like you have an endless love affair with Greece. Is that true? I love Greece. I have always loved this country ever since I set foot in the harbour of Katakolon in the spring of 1969. It is a relationship that has been building up over all these years. My project for the schools is just a small token of appreciation for everything that Greece has given me and my wife, who is Greek, throughout the years. We both visit Greece as much as we can and stay at our little house in Folegandros, a beautiful little island in the Aegean. The truth of it is, my love for Greece first started 45 years ago, and it hasn’t stopped since.last_img read more

Bientôt une tablette spéciale pour jouer chez Archos

first_imgBientôt une tablette spéciale pour jouer chez Archos ?Le constructeur français pourrait bientôt se lancer dans la conception d’une tablette tactile spécialement dédiée aux gamers.Serait-ce la fin des consoles de jeu ? C’est en tout cas ce que pense Henri Crohas, le PDG du constructeur français Archos. Dans un entretien donné au Nouvel Économiste, ce dernier explique en effet qu’Archos pourrait se lancer dans la fabrication d’une tablette tactile spécialement dédiée aux jeux vidéos. “Nous allons bientôt faire certifier une tablette de type console de jeux. Une première. Je crois beaucoup à ce segment de marché. D’ailleurs, les consoles de jeux classiques vont disparaître”, a-t-il ainsi expliqué dans des propos relayés par Gizmodo.Déjà présente sur le marché des tablettes tactiles, la firme française veut donc s’intégrer à celui des jeux vidéos, mais par l’intermédiaire d’une tablette et non d’une console. Si on ne connaît pas encore les spécifications techniques d’un tel appareil, nul doute qu’il ne manquera pas de faire parler de lui en cas de commercialisation effective. Le 20 avril 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gas station owners to pay 63398 in back pay

first_imgUS-based gas station and convenience shop owners Tushar and Varsha Patel have been ordered to pay six employees a total of $63,398 (£48,438.29) for violating overtime and record keeping regulations.An investigation conducted by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD), part of the US Department of Labor, found that the Patels, who own and operate nine gas stations and convenience shops in Carrollton and Bowden, Georgia, paid managers who are eligible for overtime a flat-rate salary, without regard to the number of hours they worked. This does not comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as these individuals should have been paid overtime in addition to their usual salary when they worked more than 40 hours in a working week.The WHD investigation further found that the employer did not maintain accurate records of the hours that its employees worked; this is a federal violation under the FLSA.The operating sites affected, which consist of BP, Chevron, Marathon and Shell gas stations, includes Akash Retail, Caps Retail, Jay Ambica, Shastri, Shree Ambica Enterprises, VRH, Ram Shai Ram, Varsha Corp and Yogi Retail.Eric Williams, district director, Atlanta at the WHD, said: “We encourage all employers to review their pay practices and contact the Wage and Hour Division for compliance assistance. By doing so, employers can ensure all employees are paid properly and avoid violations like those found in this case.”last_img read more

The USspec Mazda Miata 30th Anniversary Edition sold out in 4 hours

first_img Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Chicago Auto Show 2019 Mazda 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Orange you glad it’s time for a 30th Anniversary Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata? Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Post a comment Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous • 42 Photos Mazdacenter_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Convertibles Sports Cars Share your voice See All Enlarge ImageEvery 30th Anniversary Miata wears Racing Orange paint. Mazda Mazda unveiled its 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5 Miata on Thursday morning here at the Chicago Auto Show, and just four hours after the order books opened, the entire US allocation was spoken for. Only 3,000 examples of the 30th Anniversary Edition Miata will be built for global consumption, and just 500 were earmarked for the US.All of the cars were reserved via Mazda’s pre-order site, and since no money has actually changed hands, there’s still a chance some buyers will drop out. To that end, Mazda is allowing people to add their name to a wait list.The 30th Anniversary Edition package builds off the fully loaded MX-5 Miata Grand Touring trim, and comes painted in a unique Racing Orange color. Inside, Recaro seats have orange stitching, and the new color makes its way to upgraded brakes at all four corners.Other 30th Anniversary goodies include dark-finish, 17-inch Rays wheels and Bilstein dampers (the latter only on manual transmission models). Both the standard Miata and the retractable hardtop RF can be ordered in 30th Anniversary guise, priced at $34,995 and $37,595, respectively.Like all 2019 model year Miatas, the 30th Anniversary Edition is powered by a 2.0-liter I4 engine, with 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, though the limited-run Miata can be optioned with a six-speed automatic, for a couple hundred bucks more.It’s unclear just how many of the US-allocated Miatas are roadsters and how many are RFs, or how many — if any — are left for the rest of the world. Stay tuned for more details as we get them. 0 reading • The US-spec Mazda Miata 30th Anniversary Edition sold out in 4 hours Chicago Auto Show 2019 More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Protections For PreExisting Conditions Joins Medicaid Expansion On Texans Healthcare Wishlist

first_imgGetty ImagesProtesters rallied against Medicaid cuts in front of the U.S. Capitol in June 2017. Medicaid is the nation’s largest health insurance program, covering 74 million people — more than 1 in 5 Americans.A majority of Texans support expanding Medicaid in the state and protecting coverage of pre-existing conditions, according to an Episcopal Health Foundation poll.The annual opinion survey found Texans’ top priority for the state legislature is tied between lowering the cost of prescription drugs and lowering the amount individuals pay for health care. Other priorities included increasing funding for mental health programs and reducing maternal mortality.A sweeping majority of respondents, 88 percent, said insurance companies should be required to cover pre-existing conditions. This was a new question added because of a Texas judge’s 2018 decision to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, threatening current federal protections.“If their desire to see the ACA go away means that they’re interested in taking on the problem themselves, that’s fantastic and I’d like to see it happen,” said Episcopal Health Foundation president and chief executive Elena Marks.Overall, Texans prefer the state government to have its hands in healthcare more than the federal government. Ninety-one percent of respondents said the state should take some role in making the healthcare system work well compared to 82 percent who said the same of the federal government. When asked if the government should take a “major” role in the healthcare system, respondents again preferred state control (67 percent) to federal (57 percent).However, Texans don’t want state lawmakers to leave federal money on the table. Sixty-four percent of Texans support Medicaid expansion, the poll found. Texas lawmakers have so far elected not to expand the federal program in the state, though some have filed bills this year to vote on the topic.The results of this year’s survey echo those of a 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation poll which found growing support for Medicaid expansion along with mental health and maternal mortality as priorities for Texans.“It seems that the public in Texas wants the legislature to do something,” said Dr. Tim Garson, who heads the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute, in reaction to the 2018 survey. “The last time that anyone thought about it, it was a democratic administration in the White House, and this is a very different administration,” he said, noting changes in national politics may have made Medicaid expansion more palatable for Texas voters. Sharelast_img read more

Unidentified bodies missing cases mount in Mexico

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Anguished relatives of the missing said they suffer in limbo awaiting any information about their loved ones.“When they took my son, they destroyed me,” said Maximina Hernandez, a 44-year-old maid from the Monterrey suburb of Santa Catarina whose police officer son was taken by gunmen minutes after ending a work shift in 2007. “The only thing I ask God is for some news, to know where he is. But there is no progress; there is nothing.”Hernandez has joined other people with missing relatives to push authorities to investigate the cases but said she’s been disappointed by the results so far.She said police took DNA samples from her and her son’s father but never followed up on her suspicion that her 23-year-old son’s commander was involved in his disappearance. Last year, authorities detained the police commander along with more than 40 Santa Catarina police officers for allegedly working for the Zetas.Luis Garcia, an investigator with the National Human Rights Commission, said the number of unidentified bodies continues to grow, as has the number of missing persons. The commission listed 8,898 unidentified bodies from 2000 to 2005; that number had since jumped by 80 percent as of June. The number of missing people reported in the earlier period, 5,397, has grown even more dramatically, by nearly 350 percent. Hernandez said state investigators once told her they were afraid to look into the disappearance of her son, Jesus Everardo Lara Hernandez, because it was a “tough situation.”“They told me to understand them because they, too, had families.” Hernandez said.Hernandez, who has three other children, ages 7 to 14, said she was petrified when her son was taken, but her drive to find him was stronger and she began her own investigation and talked to her son’s colleagues.“It was very difficult because I stopped paying attention to my little ones to be able to look for him,” she said. “It has been a horrible five years, but the hope of finding him keeps me strong.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) No one knows exactly how many of those unidentified bodies were killed in drug-related violence or how many people are missing at the hands of cartels because such a study has never been done, Garcia said.“There needs to be an investigation in each case, to put a first and last name (on each victim) so that there is no impunity,” he said. “The issue here is that there is no effective investigation.”Government efforts to tackle the monumental problem have produced mixed results. Calderon has tried to reform and professionalize the federal police force, which has tripled in manpower to 35,000 officers, but has had little success improving local and state forces. The government proposed creating a national database with information on missing persons that could be accessed by investigators in all 32 states but is still trying to get it up and running.Crime victim relatives have long complained that requests for help are often ignored and say it’s not uncommon for them to be harassed to stop pushing for an investigation.Unlike Nuevo Leon, the majority of Mexico’s 32 states don’t even have the technology to do DNA profiles, and few investigators are trained on how to process a crime scene. In many cases, overwhelmed police have to identify dozens of bodies, dumped in abandoned mine shafts, left in the middle of busy avenues or buried in mass graves.In Durango state, authorities found five bodies in a clandestine mass grave in mid-July, raising the total of corpses unearthed in the state since April 2011 to 336, said state prosecutor Sonia de la Garza. More than 600 families have turned over DNA samples to state authorities, who have to send them to neighboring Chihuahua state for processing.Police around Durango initially were using backhoes to dig out bodies from mass graves before investigators intervened because that was destroying evidence.“The fact that so many bodies remain unidentified tells you about the enormous scale of the violence in some parts of the country where the cartels have fought each other and also ravaged the civilian population in the process,” said Andrew Selee, director of the Mexico Institute, a Washington-based think tank.The widespread corruption among Mexico’s police, particularly in small local forces, complicates identifications. As a result, many people with missing relatives don’t approach authorities out of fear of being targeted should the officers be in collusion with criminals. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – After police found 49 dismembered bodies strewn on a Mexican highway leading to the Texas border, it took the army just a week to parade an alleged drug trafficker before journalists as the man who purportedly oversaw the body dump.Yet two months after the grisly discovery in Nuevo Leon state, authorities have not identified a single victim.The 49 bodies now appear headed for an increasingly common fate in this drug war-wracked country: They could join the growing ranks of the unidentified dead. Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories That group has become legion as nearly 16,000 bodies remain unidentified, says the National Human Rights Commission, an independent government agency. In total, 24,000 people have been reported missing. Many say the country’s police are simply overwhelmed by the number of drug war casualties as they struggle with poor forensic capabilities and the reluctance of some witnesses and victims’ relatives to help.That apparent futility is drawing increasing criticism from Mexicans weary of the government-led offensive against drug cartels, who are also fighting among themselves. The violence in total has claimed at least 47,000 victims since President Felipe Calderon launched his anti-cartel campaign in late 2006.“The level of violence we’re living with reflects the critical condition our institutions are in, and it reveals a corrupt government,” said Blanca Martinez of the Fray Juan de Larios human rights center in the northern border state of Coahuila. Hundreds of people have gone missing in Coahuila since 2009, when violence started to erupt in northeastern Mexico.The most recent discovery of corpses shows just how hard it is to put names to often heavily mutilated bodies. Although the 49 corpses all lacked heads, hands and feet, police performed DNA tests on them and compared the results, without luck, to hundreds of Mexicans reported missing.The authorities captured Daniel Elizondo, the alleged cell leader for the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel, and pinned the atrocity on him. But he and two other suspects arrested in the case apparently haven’t offered any information that could help investigators. The army has said Elizondo claims he was given the bodies by someone else.The bodies of the 43 men and six women remain at a morgue in the industrial city of Monterrey where they’re marked “N.N.” _ the Spanish initials for “No Nombre,” or No Name. They’ve also been given numbers as IDs, a state police spokeswoman said. Authorities believe the bodies were signs of yet another battle between the Zetas and their rival Gulf and Sinaloa cartels.Now it’s up to the lead investigator to decide how long the bodies will remain at the morgue before they’re wrapped in blankets and buried side by side in common graves in cemeteries throughout Monterrey’s metropolitan area, said the police spokeswoman, who would not allow her name to be used under official policy. The bodies can stay in the morgue for a maximum of four months. By custom, Mexicans usually bury their dead within 48 hours. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Stepfan Taylor, RB, 5th round (140th overall)A solid special teams player as well as a reliable runner, Taylor has appeared in 61 games (with four starts), though at no point has ever really threatened to take over as the lead back.Career stats: 120 carries, 393 yards, 1 rushing TD; 20 receptions, 154 yards, 3 TDs; 13 special teams tackles The Arizona Cardinals pulled out a dramatic 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, but they didn’t walk away totally unscathed.Running back Stepfan Taylor left the game with a calf injury and did not return. Head coach Bruce Arians updated Taylor’s condition Monday.“The only person that it looks like he could miss some time is Stepfan Taylor,” Arians said. “Stef strained a calf and could miss some significant time.” The injury comes just a week after Taylor’s breakout game. The second-year pro out of Stanford ran for a career-high 40 yards and a touchdown and added a receiving touchdown in the Cardinals’ 24-13 win over Oakland Oct. 5. For the season, Taylor has 18 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown and six catches for 40 yards and two scores.The Cardinals have dealt with their fair share of injuries this season, so they are well-equipped to deal with this one as well.“Marion Grice will slide up the depth chart. Robert Hughes could get some time, depending on what the situation is and what package, but yeah, Marion will be the next guy up,” Arians said.Grice, a rookie from Arizona State, made his pro debut Sunday, but didn’t get any carries. In fact, he played just one snap on special teams.Hughes caught two passes for 13 yards Sunday. He has carried twice for two yards and caught four passes for 27 yards this season. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Cyprus teams up with five EU states for cheaper meds

first_imgCyprus and five other southern EU member states have decided to work together on giving European citizens access to cheaper innovative medicines, it was announced on Tuesday.Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis initiated the effort with a letter he sent to European Health Commissioner Vitenis Adriakaytis  in April 2016. Pamboridis, along with the health ministers from Malta, Greece, Portugal, Italy and Spain signed the Valetta Declaration on Monday.The ministers agreed to cooperate with full confidence, solidarity and transparency for better access to medicines.Pamboridis welcomed the initiative to work for cheaper innovative medicines and expressed confidence that the initiative would soon lead to joint actions that would deliver tangible results.Cyprus has already taken an initiative to hold a meeting of the Technical Committee in Nicosia with the participation of  three representatives from each country.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more