Azam Khan booked for occupying public land

first_imgSamajwadi Party MP from Rampur Azam Khan was booked for allegedly obstructing government work and occupying public property without permission, the police said on Saturday.A First Information Report was registered at the Azimnagar police station on a complaint from Nayab tehsildar K.G. Mishra, Rampur Superintendent of Police Shiv Hari Meena told reporters. Besides Mr. Khan, Mohammad Ali Jauhar University registrar R.A Qureshi and security officer Alhe Hasan Khan were named in the FIR.Riverine land Mr. Khan is the Chancellor of the university which, according to the FIR, illegally occupied a five-hectare riverine land belonging to the Seegan Khera gram sabha and built an eight-foot-high boundary wall around it. The staff members had allegedly obstructed officials from carrying out land measurement on May 25.The FIR invoked Sections 3, 4 and 332 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984.last_img read more

Blaze Spikers bounce back to take PSL Finals with Cargo Movers to Game 3

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petron had to rally from 19-22 in the second set to snatch the frame away behind the heroics of Pontillas and Niemer.Then by the third set, the Blaze Spikers were in the zone, much like they were when they won their first 17 games of the conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Kath Bell ran out of words in describing how much she wanted Petron to win the championship Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES The Blaze Spikers, after losing their first match of the conference in Game 1 of the finals, now have the momentum going into Saturday’s winner-take-all Game 3.“Hopefully we get the same results, you know since last year I got a taste of it (championships), I can’t wait to win this back again,” added Bell.Helping her with the chores were Stephanie Niemer, who had 23 points and Mika Reyes, who posted 11.Libero Denden Lazaro, setter Rhea Dimaculangan and mainstays Aiza Pontillas and Remy Palma also played pivotal roles, especially after F2 took the opening frame after a tight back-and-forth.“These girls are absolutely phenomenal,” said Bell. “It’s like playing our last game because we can’t afford to let the same thing (Game 1) happen all over again.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Filoil Preseason Cup tips off May 5 So the 26-year-old Texan put that into action, slamming down 27 points as the defending champions turned back F2 Logistics, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-19, to even things up in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix championship series.“I want it so bad, you know,” said Bell, who this time around got a lot of help not just from fellow import Stephanie Niemer but from the rest of the local Blaze Spikers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Everyone is confident, cool and collected as we just got back to the basics, resetting and re-focusing,” said Bell.She led Petron to the title last year in tandem with now F2 Logistics reinforcement Lindsay Stalzer. View commentslast_img read more

IPL 2017: Mumbai Indians need to carry momentum to play offs, says Karn Sharma

first_imgLeg-spinner Karn Sharma on Monday said Mumbai Indians should not take the remaining four round-robin games lightly and carry the momentum into the knockout stage of the Indian Premier League.Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets to almost seal their spot in the IPL play-offs.”We have qualified (for the play-offs), but we can’t take these four matches lightly also, we need to take momentum to the knock out stage,” Sharma told reporters at the post-match conference after Mumbai defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets.In reply to RCB’s modest 162-8, Mumbai scored 165-5 with one ball to spare, courtesy skipper and man of the match Rohit Sharma’s well-measured innings of 56 not out in 37 balls, that included one six and six fours.It was MI’s eighth win out of 10 games, and they have lost twice only to Rising Pune Supergiant, including the only defeat in their home venue Wankhede Stadium.The 29-year-old Meerut-born Sharma, who took one RCB wicket, feels leg-spinners have got more purchase from the tracks and hence they have been successful in the T20 League this season.”Imran Tahir is number one bowler in T20 and I learnt a lot from him (while interacting with him when Pune played against Mumbai here). In T20, the leg spinners get (more) grip from the wickets, even if it is flat or otherwise,” said the UP player who had turned out in one Test without much success when India toured Australia a few years ago.Seasoned off-spinner Harbhajan Singh missed Monday’s game and Sharma said Singh had some problem in the left-foot.advertisement”Harbhajan had some problem on the left foot, he will be fine for the next match. Krunal (Pandya) is fine.”Pandya took two wickets in four overs but fell over the ball while chasing a delivery and left the field. He, however, came in to bat at no. 6 only to retire hurt at the 14th over after finding it difficult to run properly.RCB pace bowler Aniket Choudhary, who bowled impressively till his last over, conceded that the total put up by his team was short of par for the course.”I don’t think so (when asked was it enough). We batted first and we understood how it behaved. I think if we had bowled more slow balls, we could have stopped them from getting to the target. It was a decent wicket, but we bowled a few bad balls here and there.”With MI needing 30 runs from last 18 balls, Choudhary bowled the 18th over and he conceded just six runs in the first five balls but he bowled a wide next and was blasted by Hardik Pandya for a six off the extra ball.”As far as last ball is concerned, I was wondering whether to bowl him (Hardik Pandya) the slower one or the fast one. Maybe it was a match-changing point,” Choudhary said.”So I went to and asked him (de Villiers) ‘what should I bowl?’ And he said ‘maybe he is ready for the slower one, so I think you should go with the hard length.'”And when someone as great as AB tells you do to something, such a world class player and if he is giving you a suggestion, it’s very hard to go against it. And I thought he is right.”And (captain) Virat (Kohli) wasn’t happy with what I bowled. He thought I did the wrong thing and I should have bowled full and slow,” he explained.The Rajasthan pacer had bowled to the Indian batsmen at the nets prior to the Test rubbers against New Zealand, Bangladesh and Australia.Asked what he had gained from the experience, he misunderstood the question and said: “Gain is that I got Rs 2 crore! (at IPL auction).”He soon realized his mistake and added: “It was a very good experience, if you are bowling to top Indian batsmen and getting them out, that’s where I got noticed by Virat that I’m from Rajasthan and I am bowling well.”Once you bowl to the best and get them out, I don’t think there is a better way of gaining confidence than that.After that whichever domestic competition you go, like when I played Ranji Trophy, I was very confident. It appeared a lot easier then.”Asked why such a star-studded unit like RCB has flopped totally this season and have no chance to qualify for the play-offs, Choudhary blamed it on misfortune.”Maybe bad luck..Things didn’t go our way. Things happen quite fast in T20 and when things don’t go your way (the team fails),” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Royals Earn Crown, Mets Wear Frown

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Crown ’em, Kansas City!. One agonizing step from ecstasy last season, this time the Royals reign after their latest incredible comeback and a go-ahead hit from maybe the most unlikely player in uniform.Christian Colon singled home the tiebreaking run in the 12th inning and those bound-and-determined Royals rallied one more time to beat the New York Mets 7-2 in 12 innings early Monday for their first World Series championship since 1985 and second overall.Down two runs in the ninth, Kansas City fought back in Game 5 against two of the top arms on the pitching-rich Mets: Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia. And the Royals did it not with home run power but instead a daring dash from Eric Hosmer, a three-run double by Lorenzo Cain, a couple of crucial stolen bases.Consistent contact, keep the line moving.And that’s how Series MVP Salvador Perez and the Royals became the first team since the 2002 Angels to come from behind in all four World Series wins, according to STATS. That’s how they washed away the bitter taste of last year’s Game 7 loss at home to San Francisco, an October heartbreak that drove them to their singular focus all season.Never waver. Win it all this time.Now, this group of homegrown favorites that turned around a floundering franchise, Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon and Hosmer, can take their place in Royals history alongside George Brett, Willie Wilson, Bret Saberhagen and those champs from 30 years ago.With no margin for error, Harvey put the Mets’ last hope in his hands and hung on as long as he could. After eight scoreless innings, he pushed to pitch the ninth and finally faltered.New York slugger Yoenis Cespedes exited with knee pain but Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff homer, his third long ball of the Series, and the Mets managed a 2-0 lead against heavy-hearted Royals starter Edinson Volquez, pitching one day after returning from his father’s funeral.But for these resilient Royals, no deficit is too large, no time in the game too late.Perez looped a leadoff single in the 12th off losing pitcher Addison Reed, and pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson stole second. One out later, Colon stepped in as a pinch-hitter for his first plate appearance since the regular-season finale Oct. 4.Hardly rusty, he lined a 1-2 pitch into left-center and pounded his chest at first base. Alcides Escobar added an RBI double, and Cain’s bases-loaded double off Bartolo Colon broke it open.All that was left was for Wade Davis to close it out. He threw a called third strike past Wilmer Flores to end it and tossed his glove high in the air as the Royals rushed toward the mound to celebrate.MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writerlast_img read more

Ollie Pope wants to emulate Surrey teammate Sam Curran’s success for England

first_imgYoung Surrey batsman Ollie Pope is excited and ready to make his Test debut for England against India at Lord’s on Thursday.Pope, who replaced Dawid Malan in the squad for the second Test of the five-match series, is all likely to be handed his Test cap on Thursday and he says that he wants to follow his teammate Sam Curran’s path if he gets a game for the Three Lions.Pope, 20, is considered to be one of the brightest prospects in English cricket currently and he has already scored 1012 runs in 15 first-class games for Surrey. And he says that he is similar to his county teammate S. Curran, who was the game-changer for England in the first Test.Sam took four important wickets in the first innings at Edgbaston and then scored a match-winning 63 in the second innings, after his team was reduced to 87/7 on Day 3 of the Birmingham Test.Also read – Nasser Hussain all praise for Sam Curran for showing character in abundance Ollie Pope and Sam Curran have been two of Surrey’s brightest stars in county cricket recently (AP Photo)And, Curran, who was only playing his second Test, will act as Pope’s inspiration when he gets to play for England.”It’s almost that naivety in the whole thing,” Pope told reporters at Lord’s on Tuesday. “I think I’m probably similar to him (Curran) just ready to put the shirt on and just want to perform at my best.”We’ve both played a fair bit of county cricket now and things have gone on an upward spiral.”advertisementPope’s rise in the ranks has been nothing short of a whirlwind ride and he agrees to the fact that it has indeed been hard to believe.Also read – Watching Virat Kohli bat was an eye-opener for young Sam Curran”If someone told me I’d be in the squad for the second test at Lord’s at the start of the season, I wouldn’t have really believed them,” Pope, who is averaging 85 for Surrey in the county championship this year, said.”Likewise, if someone told me I was going to make my Championship debut last year, I wouldn’t have believed them.”It’s nice to do it with Sam in the same team. When I made my Surrey debut there were four 19-year-olds in there at the same time. Things happen quickly. It’s exciting.”Pope, a wicket-keeper, who bats at six for his county side, could ask to go up the order and play at No. 4 in the absence of Malan and Ben Stokes in the side. But, he feels that he is comfortable playing spin and that won’t be a problem.”If required (to bat at four), yes,” Pope said. “Especially against this Indian side. They bowl a lot of spin, so I don’t think there’s a massive difference.”When I bat at six I can be in in the 10th over or for the second new ball. Four to six region, I don’t think there’s a massive difference in the way you play.”England won the first Test by 31 runs and the match at Lord’s will be followed by games at Trent Bridge (August 18), The Rose Bowl (August 30) and The Oval (September 7).last_img read more

Ford expected to introduce Endeavour facelift in India on February 22, bookings open for the premium SUV

first_imgFord Endeavour facelift is expected to be launched in India on February 22. There were earlier rumours about the company introducing the premium SUV during the last week of February or the first week of March. On many occasions in the past, the upgraded version has been spied testing and there is no doubt that the company wants to make an immediate impact with the vehicle, given that it has two very potent challengers in its segment in the form of Toyota Fortuner and Mahindra Alturas G4.Several reports have emerged online claiming that the 2019 Endeavour will debut in India on February 22. However, no official announcement has been made yet. It is also being claimed that dealers have started accepting booking amount for the vehicle, which is Rs 1 lakh.The Endeavour facelift is not expected to come with radical changes. But there can be tweaks on the front fascia. We might see a refurbished bumper and an all new grille along with a fresh headlamp design. The SUV can sport Ford’s all new 20-inch alloy wheels as well.Inside the cabin, some cosmetic changes might be made. Ford is expected to give the facelift more luxurious feel in terms of surface design. Also, we may get to see the new SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system in the 2019 Endeavour.More features like push-button start, foot-activated power tailgate, keyless entry and tyre pressure monitoring system might as well be added on the Endeavour facelift.As regards the engine of the 2019 Endeavour, the SUV in its present form is available in two diesel powertrain options — a 2.2-litre TDCi engine churning out 160 PS of power and 385 Nm of torque and a 3.2-litre TDCi motor good for 200 PS of power and 470 Nm of torque. Both the powertrains are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Expectations are that the facelift will get the same engines. But reports have also claimed that a new motor might be offered as well. However, there is no guarantee at the moment.advertisementBelow are the current variant-wise price (ex-showroom, Delhi) details of Ford Endeavour.– 2.2-litre 4X2 AT Trend – Rs 26.82 lakh– 2.2-litre 4X2 AT Titanium – Rs 31.07 lakh– 3.2-litre 4X4 AT Titanium – Rs 33.31 lakhWith all the modifications, the Endeavour facelift is expected to cost a tad higher than the outgoing model. But the exact prices will only be revealed at the time of official launch. Till that moment we will have to wait.ALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 vs Hyundai Creta: Here are details about engines, safety features of the two compact SUVsALSO READ | Lamborghini launches Huracan EVO in India, supercar priced at Rs 3.73 croreALSO READ | Ford Aspire ‘Blu’ edition spied testing, expected to be launched soonlast_img read more

A Major Non-Conference Game To Open The 2019 Season Will Be Announced Today

An interior view of Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium.TALLAHASSEE, FL – NOVEMBER 05: A general view as the Florida State Seminoles take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 5, 2005 in Tallahassee, Florida. NC State defeated Florida State 20-15. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)While we’re still a few months away from the start of the 2018 college football season, some major 2019 scheduling news is set to be announced today.A major non-conference game has been scheduled as the 2019 season opener. Florida State and Boise State will get things started in Jacksonville.College football insider Brett McMurphy broke the news yesterday on Twitter. An official announcement is expected today.The game is set to be played at TIAA Bank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.Florida State vs. Boise State Aug. 31, 2019 season opener in Jacksonville will be officially announced at Wednesday news conference— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 15, 2018While this matchup will technically be a neutral site game, the two teams will meet again on Sept. 19, 2020 at Albertson’s Stadium in Boise.Boise State has played early-season non-conference games against Washington, Ole Miss, Michigan State and Washington State in recent years. The Broncos don’t shy away from anyone.Florida State opened last year up against Alabama and began the 2016 season against Ole Miss. The Seminoles also kicked off the 2014 campaign against Oklahoma State.This should be a fun one in 2019. read more

Canada 150 Projects Across Nova Scotia Receive Funding

first_imgNova Scotians will have the opportunity to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation through dozens of great cultural activities across the province this year. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince announced today, Jan. 30, that 39 non-profit enterprises and co-operatives have been awarded a total of $841,000 through the first round of 150 Forward Fund grants. “This year, Nova Scotians will celebrate our country’s 150th birthday by remembering our role in creating and shaping Confederation,” said Mr. Ince. “These wonderful activities will allow our communities to reflect on, and celebrate, our accomplishments and bright future.” The Mulgrave Road Theatre will tour the province with their play, The West Woods. Set in 1968 in a rural black community in Guysborough County, the play focuses on the Clarke family and the challenges black women faced during a time of social change. The Mi’kmaw Birch Bark Canoe Builder Live Exhibit and Youth Apprentice Program celebrates world-renowned Mi’kmaw artist Todd Labrador. Mr. Labrador is the only Mi’kmaw canoe builder today and through workshops with Mi’kmaw youth, his skills and artistry of canoe building will be taught to youth. Celebrating Our Return is a project that celebrates the vitality of the Acadian people. Activities will include an unveiling ceremony, concert, visual arts exposition and the play Evangeline. These events will coincide with the commemoration of deportation on July 28. Other successful grants will be recognized at community events in the coming months. Canada 150 celebrations in Nova Scotia will also include Rendez-Vous 2017, which will see tall ships visit 11 communities across the province over the summer. The 150 Forward Fund provides funding for organizations to plan activities that help Nova Scotians celebrate Canada 150. Events or programs will need to honour a significant Nova Scotian or achievement, celebrate our cultural identity and ethnic diversity, or promote innovation over the past 150 years. The second round of applications under the 150 Forward Fund is open now and the deadline has been extended to Feb. 28.More information on the program can be found at www.novascotia.ca/150.last_img read more

Toastmasters Business Challenge Open House

first_imgTo view the Achievers Toastmasters FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Achievers Toastmasters of FSJ is hosting their first Local Business Challenge & Networking Night in honour of February being Toastmasters month.Tonight, Thursday, February 28th at the Northern Lights College, Room 202 from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm.Toastmasters is inviting the public to come and see what the club is about with their business challenge, open house ‘Tabletops with a Twist.’ Toastmasters asks attendees to bring a 1-2 minute elevator pitch on your business and constructive feedback will be provided.The event will host free pizza and prizes, with time to chat and network.Achievers Toastmasters regularly meets September-June, learning public speaking and leadership skills in a positive environment held on Thursdays, room 202 at the Northern Lights College.Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting communication and public speaking skills.‘The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.’ from the Toastmasters website.To view the FB Page Event; CLICK HERE last_img read more

Auto reliability up but battery shifting trouble persists

DETROIT — Automobiles are getting more reliable, but J.D. Power’s annual survey finds problems with battery failures, transmission shifting and voice recognition systems.The survey found that Lexus was the most dependable brand for the eighth-straight year, but some mass-market brands cracked the top five. Porsche and Toyota tied for second, followed by Chevrolet and Buick. The worst performers were Fiat, Land Rover, Volvo, Dodge and a tie between Ram and Acura, the survey said.J.D. Power measures problems per 100 vehicles after three years of ownership. The company collected 32,952 responses from original owners of 2016 model-year vehicles.Owners of all brands reported an average of 136 problems per 100 vehicles this year, six problems fewer than in the 2018 survey.The Associated Press read more

Lankan man stranded for 3 months

A Sri Lankan man has been trapped for three months at the Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas, Venezuela; there is confusion about where he came from and it has not been possible to find a destination where to send him.The news about the trapped traveler, whose identity has not been specified, was made public by the Argentinian band “Los Pericos” through a video posted in their Video-blog, reports TN.com (in Spanish). According to El Universal (in Spanish), a Maiquetia airport representative confirmed that there is man who has been living at the airport for the past three months because he lacks the required documentation. The situation is aggravated by the fact that the citizen of Sri Lanka does not speak Spanish and his English proficiency is very limited. However, he has been able to suggest that his life is in danger if he is returned to his country, where, according to Amnesty International, there is a political conflict involving “gross and systematic human rights violations.”The case has been compared to that shown by Steven Spielberg in his film “The Terminal” starring Tom Hanks, about Viktor Navorski, a man trapped at New York’s J. F. K. International Airport who is denied entry in the United States and cannot return to Krakozhia, his fictitious native country, due to a revolution. (Digitaljournal.com) The Venezuelan immigration authorities are not clear about the Sri Lankan man’s origin. At first it was reported that the visitor would have arrived to the Simon Bolivar Maiquetia International Airport from Damascus, Syria. However, Manuel Gago, representative of Amnesty International (AI) in Venezuela, maintains that the Asian man arrived in Caracas from Mexico where he was embarked by mistake on a flight to Venezuela. So far it has not been possible to establish a possible destination for the Sri Lankan man. Gago said Venezuela will not allow him beyond the airport terminal without a visa. He cannot be sent back to Mexico because an international agreement prevents it. He cannot be attended by the diplomatic representatives of his own country because Sri Lanka does not have consular representation in Venezuela. It is not possible to send him to his country because there are no direct flights between Venezuela and Sri Lanka, and a country allowing him as a transit passenger has not been found. read more

Accident at Decew Falls prompts reminder on waterfall safety

A young girl remains in hospital after falling 35 feet at Decew Falls in St.Catharines yesterday. She and two other friends were scaling up the falls yesterday afternoon when she fell.She suffered injuries to her back and was flown to Hamilton General in critical condition.This is the first rescue at Decew Falls for emergency crews this year, but that’s not the case at Hamilton’s Albion Falls.This afternoon by-law officers were patrolling the popular spot for trespassers.“We are still seeing people trying to get past the gated areas and ignoring the signs, so we are certainly going to make them aware of the dangers that exist beyond those gates.” said Ann Lamanes who works for the City of Hamilton.Over the past two weeks officers have handed out seven tickets but have dished out a lot more warnings.City crews have also been busy putting up more fencing along the falls.“If it is not an official trail that leads to the falls I wouldn’t take that risk. It could definitely lead to some possible dangers beyond that trail. So very steep cutoffs and some uncertain footings.” explained Lamanes.It is legal to get to the base of the falls and go for a swim but it’s illegal to jump a fence to get there.The city doesn’t plan on adding additional officers for this upcoming long weekend, but patrolling popular areas and making their presence known. read more

Chevy Volt Soon Available As Enterprise RentACar

first_imgLooking to get your hands on a Chevrolet Volt but don’t have the money to purchase one? Well, thankfully for you, Enterprise will soon be renting the much sought out electric car.The Volts will make their debut in California, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car has plans to introduce other EVs to its rental fleet as well. 500 Nissan Leafs are expected to be added and charging stations are being installed at various Enterprise locations across the country, including Los Angeles and San Diego.“:Purchase demand for electric vehicles has been impressive, and we anticipate similar demand from rental customers,” Jeff Morrell, vice president of Enterprise, said. “Making the Volt available will provide an extended test drive for curious customers, for those with cars being serviced and for those interested in possibly purchasing an EV.”Via Treehuggerlast_img read more

Our Hellenes honoured

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Eight Australians of Greek heritage were bestowed the nation’s highest accolades on Australia Day, marking outstanding contributions to their communities and public life.With recipients from across four states the awards reflected a rich diversity of service – from high-profile commercial entrepreneurialism to the tireless and hidden work of volunteers committed to improving people’s lives.In the category OAM (Order of Australia in the General Division), Evangeline Galettis, archivist at St Catherine’s School in Waverley, NSW, was honoured for her work in the community and educational institutions.President of the City of Sydney Basketball Association, charity fundraiser Andrew Lazaris was honoured officially for his service to sport and basketball administration.Mr Lazaris (51) who was brought up in Woollamoloo and whose voluntary work has included helping young blind people, said he was humbled to receive an OAM. “It’s surreal, unbelievable. If I can help someone who’s struggling…we all do it tough, but there are sadder stories, and if I can help, I do,” said the longest serving honorary president of a sporting association in Australia.Fellow Sydneysider, the celebrated financial entrepreneur Mark Bouris, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the finance industry, particularly in relation to the home loan mortgage sector and charitable organisations.Arthur Diakos received a Public Service Medal for his outstanding public service to the transport services sector in New South Wales in the role as a senior financial planner and manager.In South Australia, Efthymia Kleanthi, former vice-president of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, received her OAM for service to social welfare organisations and women, and in Victoria, Vietnam war veteran and president of the RSL Hellenic sub-branch Steve Kyritsis, was honoured with an OAM for his service to veterans and their families and the Greek community of Melbourne.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, the ever-modest Mr Kyritsis said he was surprised to receive the award.“What I do voluntarily, for the veterans and their families satisfies me a lot, and serving the Greek community I enjoy so much. It’s in my blood. I’m committed to help these fellas”.Mr Kyritsis, who is the author of two books on Greek Australian soldiers who served in WWI and WWII, is currently preparing to represent the RSL Hellenic Sub branch at the Anzac Centenary commemorations in April at Gallipoli and Lemnos.Fellow Melburnian Paul Mavroudis, a board member of Fronditha Care and president of the Thessaloniki Association was also awarded an OAM for service to the Greek community of Victoria. Amongst other notable projects, Mr Mavroudis has been instrumental in sustaining the 30-year-old Melbourne-Thessaloniki sister city relationship.The late Mr Thomas Paradissis – a former member of the Community Council and church warden of the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane – was awarded an OAM for his service to the Greek community of south east Queensland.last_img read more

Exit Poll 2019 DMK likely to win 1214 seats in TN BJP

first_imgTwitter/Sudarsan PattnaikWith Phase 7 of the Lok Sabha elections coming to an end on Sunday, the exit poll is out and these numbers will give an early indication on who will form the next government.Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are key states in the south which will influence the poll numbers and have the ability to tip the scales in who will win overall.In Tamil Nadu, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) have had a stronghold. However, these are the first elections that the two parties have fought without their leaders – J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi. In Karnataka, the fight is between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress-JD(S) alliance.last_img

Greg Abbotts Refusal to Accept Sylvia Garcias Intent to Resign Leaves Houstons

first_imgJulia Reihs/KUTTexas State Senator Sylvia Garcia speaks at the 2018 Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.A political dispute could leave 850,000 Houstonians without representation in the Texas Senate.Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University, says District 6 Democrat Sylvia Garcia submitted a letter of “intent” to resign from her Texas Senate seat to Gov. Greg Abbott. But Abbott refuses to acknowledge the resignation unless she officially resigns.“He would like to see her say ‘I resign effectively January 2,’ so that there’s no doubt about it,” Jones says.With both sides still at odds, they missed the deadline to put Garcia’s Senate seat on the ballot in the November general election.Jones says it’s unlikely that Garcia is delaying her official resignation to protect her seat in case she doesn’t win her race for U.S. Congress.“She’s a lock to win in that race, in CD-29. That’s a dark-blue district where the Democrat is a sure thing to win,” Jones says.Jones says it is possible Garcia is delaying an official resignation in order to force a special election later in November for two of her likely successors, Anna Hernandez and Carol Alvarado. Both are currently running for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, but if either loses their race, they’d be able to run for Garcia’s Senate seat later in the fall.Jones says Abbott’s denial of Garcia’s resignation could be an effort to keep her senate seat open ahead of the legislative session in the spring.“By delaying this election into November or December, he insures that there’s one fewer democrat for at least the first couple months of the session,” Jones says.Written by Caroline Covington. Sharelast_img read more

Australia says US has little time to save AsiaPacific deal

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Congress has only a few weeks left to pass key trade legislation that would clear the way for clinching an Asia-Pacific trade accord, Australia’s trade minister said on Wednesday.The U.S. House of Representatives last week rejected legislation crucial to U.S. involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which intends to create a region-wide free trade area, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Trade Minister Andrew Robb would not speculate on how continuing negotiations in the House of Representatives might end.“We are literally one week of negotiation away from completing this extraordinary deal across 12 countries and 40 percent of the world’s GDP,” Robb told Australian Broadcasting Corp.“You can see the political heat’s rising by the day over there because of the presidential election next year. So I don’t think anyone can call it. But if it’s not dealt with in the next two or three weeks, I think we’ve got a real problem with the future of the TPP,” he said.Meanwhile, Australia has stepped up its strategy of locking its major trading partners into a series of country-to-country deals.Australia, which has a free trade deal with the United States, on Wednesday inked a similar deal with its biggest trading partner, China, after a decade of negotiations.Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng signed the final pact in the national capital of Canberra seven months after a preliminary agreement was struck.Australian free trade deals with South Korea and Japan took effect in December and January respectively. Australia and India hope to reach an agreement this year. Comments   Share   Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Legislation to enhance President Barack Obama’s authority to negotiate such trade deals was dealt a setback Friday, mainly by members of his own party. Obama and his legislative allies were scrambling for ways to revive that effort, although Democrats and Republicans alike said all options face serious hurdles.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Inspired by the success of the past two seasons a

first_imgInspired by the success of the past two seasons, and in response to high guest demand, Seabourn has curated an enriching line up of 11-, 12- and 14-day Alaska and British Columbia cruises onboard Seabourn Sojourn for 2019. With just 10 departures scheduled through the season, running from June to October 2019, only about 4,500 lucky guests will be able to enjoy the region in Seabourn style next year, making early booking an imperative.Depending on the itinerary, Seabourn’s Alaska & British Columbia voyages include calls to rarely visited locations such as Alert Bay and Klemtu, a town of fewer than 500 people belonging to the Kitasoo Native Band and where your clients will enjoy an exclusive cultural experience as an inclusion of the voyage. Access towering forests along the Inland Passage and the graceful breaching of humpback whales in the Kenai Fjords. Guests can explore cities and towns including the state capital of Juneau, colorful Ketchikan, and historical Sitka, whose Tlingit roots go back 10,000 years. In certain areas such as Misty Fjords, they will be able to explore wildlife-rich waterways, forested mountain vistas and lacy waterfalls up close via Ventures by Seabourn excursions.Each of the 11-, 12- and 14-day cruises will include complimentary Seabourn all-weather jackets; inspiring Seabourn Conversations with special onboard guest speakers; opportunities for frequent wildlife sightings from the ship and shore; and a “Caviar on the Ice” deck party and other special deck events.In addition, Seabourn offers your clients the opportunity to explore Alaska more in-depth with the Denali Experience, an exclusive and optional Seabourn Journey available before or after select Seabourn Alaska voyages. The five-day Denali Experience is a fully escorted, custom-designed overland adventure promising awe-inspiring wonder with luxury accommodations and culinary options. Venturing into the Great Land, Seabourn guests will soar high above glaciers in a flightseeing plane, as well as head deep into the protected wilderness of Denali National Park with a guide to spot grizzly and black bears, wolves, moose, caribou and more.IMAGE: Seabourn Alaska/Haley Plotkin 2019AlaskaBCBritish ColumbiaCanadacruiseSeabournlast_img read more

Delhi Commonwealth Games to go ahead after all – Y

first_imgDelhi Commonwealth Games to go ahead after all – Yay!FCO launches social media advice and support – it’s always worth checking the FCO website before travelling, especially if you’re heading off the beaten path, and you can now get FCO travel advice via their Facebook page and Twitter.Pound stretcher? British travellers on long-haul holidays this winter will find their pound stretches furthest in Sri Lanka, Mexico and the Far East according to the Post Office’s Long-Haul Holiday Report.GroundedTripAdvisor could face legal action over reviews – have the days of customer reviews come to an end?British Isles ‘worst place to live in Europe’ – according to a new survey by USwitch. All the more reason to hop on cheap flights and go on holiday then…Cash for ash? – the European aviation industry is looking at taking legal action to recover costs from the volcanic ash disruptionReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Flying High RelatedEverything you need to know about travelling to EgyptIn light of recent safety scares in Egypt, we asked travel expert Simon Calder to tackle the big questions for Skyscanner readers: – Are major Egypt destinations like Sharm El Sheikh and the Pyramids at Giza safe to visit? – What if I want to cancel my Egypt holiday? -…Is it safe to travel to Tunisia?Since the terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015, the UK Foreign Office has advised against travelling to most parts of the country, and holidays and flights to Tunisia have been cancelled. In May this year the FCO extended its travel warning for another month. So is it safe to go…Flying High | GroundedFlying High | Groundedlast_img read more

Unclothed Emperor Costumes for opera stolen in Ge

first_imgUnclothed Emperor? Costumes for opera stolen in Germany AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN — The emperor has no clothes in this production of Puccini’s “Turandot” by the Lithuanian National Opera, but then again neither does any other character.Guetersloh police said Monday the costumes coming from Spain for the upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini’s three-act opera were stolen from a truck near the western German city after the driver pulled into a rest stop for a break.Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater official Julijus Grickevicius tells the Baltic news agency BNS some 100 costumes are gone, including those of the main performers.He says the shipment was insured, with the loss estimated at several hundred thousand euros.The opera says work is underway to make replacement costumes in time for the premier in March.Police say they currently have no suspects.The Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2019 6:08 am PDTlast_img read more