UN lauds international cooperation in eradicating deadly cattle plague

Jacques Diouf, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), unveiled a commemorative plaque in Rome, the site of the agency’s headquarters, to celebrate the global eradication of rinderpest.The eradication – the first time an animal disease has been eliminated from its natural setting because of human efforts – was achieved under an international programme coordinated by FAO since 1994.The agency said it worked closely with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), governments, regional institutions such as the Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).Mr. Diouf described the eradication as a major success for humanity, and the plaque acknowledge the work of the professionals, technical and financial institutions and Member States in ending the disease.“Over the years I have frequently said that the world has the means necessary to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and extreme poverty,” said Mr. Diouf. “The total eradication of rinderpest – a disease that decimated cattle, buffalo and many other animal species, both domestic and wild – is proof of this today.”A highly infectious viral disease, rinderpest does not directly affect humans, but it takes just a few days for a sick animal to die and it can wipe out whole herds. The last known outbreak occurred in Kenya in 2001.The Director-General was joined by a series of high-profile figures at today’s celebration, including the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the FAO Goodwill Ambassadors Pierre Cardin, Mory Kanté and Anggun.The Nobel laureate and scientist Peter Doherty, Chadian President Idriss Déby, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé and OIE Director-General Bernard Vallat were among the other participants.The event took place as part of FAO’s biennial conference, and on Tuesday the agency’s Member States are expected to adopt a declaration celebrating global freedom from rinderpest. 25 June 2011The lessons learned from the elimination of rinderpest, a deadly cattle plague that has threatened the livelihoods of herders and rural families for millennia, can be applied to tackling other major challenges, such as hunger and extreme poverty, a senior United Nations official said today. read more

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Sri Lankans on Nauru allowed to roam freely

Daniel Webb from the Melbourne-based Human Rights Law Centre said fundamental problems with the policy remained.“A transition to an open centre (is) an important and hard-won improvement, but letting people go for a walk does not resolve the fundamental problems caused by indefinitely warehousing them on a tiny remote island,” he said.“The men, women and children on Nauru need a real solution — settlement in a safe place where they can rebuild their lives.“Instead they’re being left languishing in an environment that is clearly unsafe for women and children.” Adeang said Australia was assisting the transition to an open centre, including providing more police support and suitable health care for the asylum-seekers.Under the plan, the number of community liaison officers will be increased from 135 to 320 to help asylum-seekers, who come from countries including Iran and Sri Lanka, settle in the country of 10,000.The Australian government welcomed Nauru’s announcement, saying more limited open arrangements had been in place at the camp since February, allowing some detainees to leave the centre unescorted during agreed hours on certain days. The Nauru RPC was set up as part of Canberra’s hardline asylum-seeker policies under which those arriving on people-smuggling boats are not held in Australian territory.Another camp is located on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. “The start of detention-free processing is a landmark day for Nauru and represents an even more compassionate programme, which was always the intention of our government,” Justice Minister David Adeang said. It also promised to process all outstanding refugee claims for those living in the centre — about 600 of them — within a week. “We also welcome the news that the Nauruan government has undertaken to finalise the remaining refugee claims that have been under consideration for some time,” Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said in a statement. Nauru announced Monday that asylum-seekers at an Australian immigration camp on the Pacific island, including those from Sri Lanka, will no longer be locked up, saying they will instead be free to roam around the tiny nation.The Nauru government said the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) had been converted into an “open centre”, giving its inhabitants freedom of movement, the AFP news agency reported. Dutton said Canberra was committed to the regional processing arrangements.“We will continue to support the government of Nauru… to deliver settlement services to refugees,” he added.Refugee advocates, who allege abuses, including rape, have occurred on the island, said the change was an 11th-hour move that coincided with an Australian court case this week challenging the legality of Canberra’s policy. read more

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DR of Congo UN relief effort continues in town destroyed by volcano

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is coordinating the operation, which is also giving out supplies at one site in the neighbouring town of Sake, a UN spokesperson said in New York. Meanwhile, general food distribution to thousands of people in the two towns continued under the supervision of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which is working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). According to WFP, food continues to arrive in the Goma area in sufficient quantities, with the agency planning to distribute approximately 8,000 metric tonnes of food in the DRC for the first month. Recent assessment missions conducted in the Goma area by UN relief officials have confirmed the tendency for displaced persons to return to the town. In related news, Amos Namanga Ngongi, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, and Gen. Mountaga Diallo, the commander of UN troops, were in Goma today for their second visit in 72 hours and met with officials of the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD), the de facto authority in the town. Mr. Ngongi told the officials that the mission, known as MONUC, was committed to helping the UN agencies and their NGO partners in the humanitarian effort and that assisting the population of Goma was of paramount importance. He noted that MONUC’s air and ground assets were used to cope with the crisis and help transport humanitarian assistance to the needy population. RCD officials commended the UN mission for its active contributions and emphasized the key, cooperative role played by senior MONUC officials who were in Goma at the time of the eruption, according to a UN spokesperson. On the financial side, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that some $12 million had been released for the humanitarian effort in Goma, though the figure does not include in-kind contributions, such as air transport. read more

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Ohio State officially names Tony Alford running backs coach

Tony AlfordCredit: Courtesy of Notre DameOhio State coach Urban Meyer officially named Tony Alford the Buckeyes’ new running backs coach via a Tuesday press release.Alford, a former Notre Dame assistant, joins the OSU stuff after former running backs coach Stan Drayton chose to move on to the NFL last Thursday. Alford’s official title will be assistant head coach for for offense/running backs, the release said.“I’ve known Tony Alford for a long time and I am very pleased to be adding him to our staff,” Meyer said in the release. “He is an exceptional person and coach who is going to work really well with our staff and who will be an outstanding mentor and teacher for this football program.”Alford was a senior running back at Colorado State when Meyer was an assistant coach in 1990. Alford also coached with current OSU offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner and tight ends coach Tim Hinton at Notre Dame in 2010 and 2011. He also coached with Buckeye co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash for five years at Iowa State.“I am excited for a number of reasons,” Alford said in the release. “I am looking forward to working for Coach Meyer, someone I’ve known for a long time. I know his family. And I know his coaches. I’ve worked directly with three of them and I’ve recruited against all of them.”Alford, an Akron, Ohio, native, previously coached at both Mount Union and Kent State in northern Ohio after completing his professional career with the Denver Broncos and Birmingham Fire.Drayton left the Buckeyes just a day after OSU secured a commitment from Detroit Cass Tech High School running back Mike Weber. On Monday, Weber tweeted his excitement to work with Alford.But want to say congrats to coach drayton wish nothing but the best , but excited to have @CoachTonyAlford aboard #GoBucks— Mike Weber (@mikeweber25) February 10, 2015OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott also tweeted that he was looking forward to working with Alford when his hire was initially reported on Saturday.I’m happy we hired a coach that I was already familiar with from recruiting.— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) February 7, 2015The Buckeyes are scheduled to open their 2015 season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va. read more

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CubsIndians Is A Throwback World Series Matchup

But take heart, Indians fans — World Series upsets appear to happen more frequently than basic Elo would predict. Based on the pre-Series probabilities I crunched, the favorite would have been expected to win the World Series 54 times in 90 tries since 1925, for a predicted winning percentage of 60 percent. In reality, however, favorites won only 49 times over that span, for a success rate of 54 percent. Whether that’s because basic Elo can’t pick up on the differences between regular-season and playoff baseball,5Such as shorter rotations and shallower bullpens, both of which favor underdogs with more star pitchers than depth. I’m not certain. But it is a sign that the Series might be more competitive than Chicago’s 60.3 percent win probability indicates.That’s bad news for anxious Cubs fans hoping to end a 108-year championship drought. But it’s good for Cleveland, as well as agnostic observers (such as myself) who want the baseball season to last as long as it can. In a departure from the past few World Series, this year’s contest between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians contains two teams that were both: a) highly regarded before the season began and b) played well for most of the year.1The 2015 Mets and the 2014 Royals each flirted with .500 on their way to the World Series, and expectations for the 2013 Red Sox were low after a terrible 2012 season. (No flukes here!) The average of the teams’ pre-Series Elo ratings — a measure of a team’s strength at any given time2Specifically, the simple version of Elo found in our Complete History Of MLB interactive, which doesn’t account for starting pitchers, travel distance or rest days when assessing each matchup. — ranks ninth among the 22 World Series matchups since the wild card era began in 1995 and 37th out of the 91 since the current 2-3-2 best-of-seven World Series format was adopted in 1925.3Before 1925, the World Series format was either best of seven with home-field advantage for seventh games determined by coin flip or best of nine, so there wasn’t a common format to be readily compared with modern series. In other words, it’s a solid matchup.And how about competitiveness? For each World Series since 1925, I plugged the teams’ pre-Series Elo ratings into a best-of-seven probability formula and calculated each club’s odds of winning the Series. Chicago’s win probability of 60.3 percent in FiveThirtyEight’s basic Elo model4Which, again, differs slightly from the 63 percent figure in our interactive graphic, which uses the more complete model. is larger than the average for favorites since 1925 (59.5 percent) and for favorites since 1995 (57.8 percent). So this series is more lopsided than the typical championship matchup — as you might expect when one of the top couple dozen teams of all time is involved.All told, though, 2016 is a pretty middle-of-the-pack World Series. Literally so, if we plot out the two metrics mentioned above for every matchup since 1925: VIDEO: Cleveland fooled us twice read more

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Not a captain but Chekwa leads by example for OSU

Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa entered this football season in the top three in games started on the team. The rest of the top three, offensive guard Bryant Browning and defensive end Cameron Heyward, were named captains. Chekwa was not. Considering the Buckeyes named six captains for only the second time in team history, some teammates were surprised Chekwa was left off the list. Captain selection “could have went a lot of ways. I kind of was a little surprised,” senior safety Aaron Gant said. “But you don’t have to be a captain to show or possess that quality.” Chekwa wasn’t bothered by being left off the list and has continued to do his best to lead, he said. “I was talking on the sideline like I was a proud father,” Chekwa told Scout.com’s Jeff Svoboda while sitting out of a practice. “I’ve tried to teach (the corners) everything I know.” The leadership of the cornerback was not lost on his head coach. “Chimdi Chekwa … continues to lead back there and play with a lot of energy and enthusiasm and play like a senior,” Jim Tressel said. “We’ve said a million times that you can have a good team if your seniors have their career best year and Chimdi certainly is on task to perhaps make that happen.” Leading by setting an example on the field has been Chekwa’s most successful method. “I’m not a very vocal guy but it depends on the situation. I’m not going to scream or anything. I let (safety) Jermale (Hines) handle the loud talking,” the 6-foot, 190-pound corner said. “But if something needs to be said, I’ll say it.” Though he may not be loud about it, teammates appreciate what Chekwa does. “He is always communicating and talking, making sure we’re on the same page,” Gant said. “He keeps us going, never letting us slack.” The tenacity comes in part from his experience on two teams that played for the national championship. Playing in the national championship game “helped a lot. Whenever you go out on the field and compete with other great players,” Chekwa said. “I learned from all of that.” He expects to use what he learned to get his team back to that game this year, captain or not, he said. read more

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Dead Vietnam climber spent night on mountain in just shorts before asking

first_imgVietnamese searchers took a week to find Mr Webb’s body after he set off to climb Fansipan Mountain, near Sa Pa in northwest VietnamCredit:SWNS “I was becoming very fraught when he said he had become lost and couldn’t find the trail,” she said. “We realised the last cable car was gone and he had to spend the night on the mountain.”She said he only had a pair of shorts on, was shivering and wanted to find shelter. “I told him it was too dark and dangerous [to move],” she said.Mr Webb said his legs had been soaked since 8am on June 3, 2016 when he set out, and Miss Baughan kept messaging him into the early hours of June 4.At 3.29am Mr Webb sent a message to say he had decided to try going back down the mountain on a trail beside a stream with waterfalls The girlfriend of a climber found dead in water on the tallest mountain in Vietnam had pleaded with him to get help when he got into difficulty, an inquest heard.Aiden Webb, 22, had set out on a solo ascent of Mount Fansipan when he tried to make his way around a landslide and lost the trail path, his girlfriend Bluebell Baughan said in a written statement.She was also in Vietnam and had stayed in contact with him by text message and via Facebook after he first slipped and cut his bicep and then hurt his knee as night drew in. Vietnamese searchers took a week to find Mr Webb's body after he set off to climb Fansipan Mountain, near Sa Pa in northwest Vietnam Aiden Webb with girlfriend Bluebell BaughanCredit:SWNScenter_img In a final text message sent at 6.18am he agreed for Miss Baughan to raise the alarm and request help. However, her reply to him failed to deliver to his phone.The body of Mr Webb was found in water in a ravine almost a week later in an area that local police said had many cliffs, deep gorges and slippery surfaces.Local police concluded that Mr Webb had drowned while unconscious after a fall in water, and his parents requested that a post-mortem examination was not carried out in Vietnam.A post-mortem examination was conducted after his body was repatriated to the UK, but failed to establish a cause of death – partly as the body had been embalmed.The examination noted cuts and scratches caused by climbing, but no fractures or haemorrhages.Yvonne Blake, area coroner for Norfolk, recorded an open conclusion at Monday’s hearing at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich, which was not attended by any of Mr Webb’s family.”We know that he was trying to climb Fansipan mountain alone,” said Ms Blake. “We know that he got into difficulties, he was injured and had a deep cut on his arm.”He said he badly hurt his knee and couldn’t move very well, and we know he was found in a stream.”The medical cause of death was unascertained as he was embalmed.”She extended her condolences to the family of Mr Webb, who was born in Norwich, lived in Attleborough, Norfolk, and had been a student at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.His parents Simone and Trevor Webb said in a written statement: “Aiden was such a joy to be around. “We’re incredibly close as a family and feel privileged to have been his parents.”They praised everyone who had been involved in the recovery of their son’s body. Aiden Webb with girlfriend Bluebell Baughan Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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SMS Equipment opens new state of the art facility in BC

first_imgSMS Equipment, a provider of equipment solutions and services for the mining industry, has a new building that has been custom built to suit the needs of the heavy equipment mining industry in the region. The new location opens in October 2013, is located on Intata Rd, Elkford, BC; a short distance from several surrounding mining operations. The new 4,600 m2 building sits on a fully developed 10 acre lot and includes various beneficial features such as shop bays equipped with 40′ side mega doors, one 100 t overhead crane, three 40 t overhead cranes and many others.The expansion allows SMS Equipment to further enhance existing service to the surrounding industries. “Our Parts Operation has moved from a 600 m2 building to a state of the art 4,600 m2 warehouse, including two Schaefer Automated Vertical Lift Parts management systems. The new parts warehouse is designed to handle our growing business, increase productivity, and efficiently store and manage the almost 10,000 line items we carry to support our customers. From small parts to Komatsu 930E haul truck drive motors, SMS has what customers need to maximise fleet uptime,” explains Jim Prince, Operations Manager.With extensive underground water retention system to prevent erosion and outside shop and warehouse pads that have snow melt heating systems to prevent ice and snow build up the new location was built with both safety and environment in mind.last_img read more

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EHF Champions League Metalurg and Barcelona make it 4 of 4

Metalurg Skopje and Barcelona played their games today and the outcome is that both teams are now with four wins from four games, leading their respective groups.Metalurg in front of full “Boris Trajkovski” arena confirmed that the results so far in the group are not incidental, and with a dominant win took a 32:19 victory over their Petersburg visitors. Renato Vugrinec was unstoppable and unsolvable enigma for the opponents, and topscorer of the game with 11 goals. Mojsovski followed with 5 goals, and as usual Darko Stanic was terrific on the goal. St Petersburg only had Nasyrov and Semenov with four goals each.RK Zagreb could only fend off Barcelona in the first half, going at the break with one-goal negative. But  in the second half, Barcelona showed why they won the Champions League two years ago, and had a 19:9 half in their favor. Garcia Lorenzana scored 6 goals, while Rocas and Rutenka contributed with 4 each. Horvat and Stepancic were Zagreb’s disposable weapon, with 6 goals each. horvatmojsovskinasyrovRenato VugrinecrocasrutenkasemenovStanicstepancicvugrinec ← Previous Story Dragan Gajić is back to handball! Next Story → Women’s EHF CL (Round 2): Oltchim and Gyori with away victories! read more

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FactCheck Is secondary picketing actually illegal

first_imgFactCheck: Is secondary picketing actually illegal? We test a claim that spread widely after last Friday’s actions by some Bus Éireann workers. 24 Comments Short URL Apr 7th 2017, 12:05 AM Instead, what the law allows is that workers and unions who take such action are given ‘immunity’ from being prosecuted or sued for acts that would normally be legal wrongs (for example, conspiracy, inducing others to breach contracts, interference with the trade, business, or employment of another, or other torts – legal wrongs – that might occur). TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here.For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here.  Share47 Tweet Email2 There are elements of truth in the claim, but also elements of falsehood. Or, the best available evidence is evenly weighted in support of, and against, the claim. Another, broader requirement of industrial action, including picketing, is that it be preceded by a secret ballot in favour of strike action, and that the employer be given at least one week’s advance notice (Section 19 of the 1990 Industrial Relations Act).So not only is secondary picketing illegal unless it happens in certain specific circumstances, but all picketing is illegal, unless it happens in certain specific circumstances.Or more precisely, picketing inherently involves certain activities – for example, encouraging others to stop working and thereby breach their contract of employment – that are ordinarily illegal.But where they are done peacefully and “in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute”, the picketers are immune from the prosecution that they would otherwise be open to.Where that picketing takes place at a company other than the one involved in the dispute (that is, secondary picketing) a further condition must be met (there must be a reasonable belief that the company being picketed is helping the employer frustrate or circumvent the strike).Otherwise, the picketers are not protected by Section 11.2 of the Industrial Relations Act.According to Tony Kerr, barrister and lecturer at the School of Law in UCD, and a leading expert in employment and industrial relations law: (2) It shall be lawful for one or more persons, acting on their own behalf or on behalf of a trade union in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute, to attend at, or where that is not practicable, at the approaches to, a place where an employer who is not a party to the trade dispute works or carries on business if, but only if, it is reasonable for those who are so attending to believe at the commencement of their attendance and throughout the continuance of their attendance that that employer has directly assisted their employer who is a party to the trade dispute for the purpose of frustrating the strike or other industrial action, provided that such attendance is merely for the purpose of peacefully obtaining or communicating information or of peacefully persuading any person to work or abstain from working.So what sub-section 2 says, essentially, is that it is legal for striking workers to picket at a company which is not the company they’re in dispute with (i.e. to engage in secondary picketing), but only if they have a reasonable belief that that company is directly helping their employer to frustrate or get around the ongoing industrial dispute.According to Michael Doherty, a leading expert in employment law, an example of this would be: 14,557 Views Friday 7 Apr 2017, 12:05 AMcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Follow TJ_FactCheck on Twitter THERE WAS PICKETING by striking Bus Éireann workers at some Irish Rail and Dublin Bus depots last Friday morning, causing significant travel disruption and evoking widespread, though not universal, criticism.One of the main talking points was the claim that secondary picketing – where striking workers picket a company other than their employer – is illegal.Is this true, though? Martin McMahon contacted us on Twitter expressing skepticism about the claim, and asked us to check it out.(Send your FactCheck requests to factcheck@thejournal.ie, tweet @TJ_FactCheck, or send us a DM).Claim: Secondary picketing is illegalWhat was said:A search on Twitter shows many commenters denouncing secondary picketing as illegal and against the law, in light of Friday’s actions by some Bus Éireann workers.The FactsBefore we look at the evidence, this is a quick note to make it clear that this article is about secondary picketing in general. We’re not evaluating the actions of Bus Éireann workers on Friday, or the specific circumstances and details involved in that.The Law 1991 file photo of Bertie Ahern, who introduced the 1990 Industrial Relations Act, as Minister for Labour. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe relevant piece of Irish law here is the 1990 Industrial Relations Act, which was introduced by then Minister for Labour Bertie Ahern.Section 11 addresses the issue of picketing. It’s worth presenting the first two sub-sections (of five) in full: 11 (1) It shall be lawful for one or more persons, acting on their own behalf or on behalf of a trade union in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute, to attend at, or where that is not practicable, at the approaches to, a place where their employer works or carries on business, if they so attend merely for the purpose of peacefully obtaining or communicating information or of peacefully persuading any person to work or abstain from working. Where Employer A is in dispute, and Employer B fulfils the orders of Employer A, in order to try and render the [strike] action futile.So does this mean that secondary picketing is illegal if it does not meet this requirement of having a reasonable belief that a company is essentially disrupting an industrial dispute?In short, yes. But to understand that, it’s important to understand something broader about strikes and picketing in Irish law.According to Michael Doherty, who is Head of the Department of Law at Maynooth University, there is no “right” to take industrial action, as such, in Irish law. https://jrnl.ie/3323844 Find more FactChecks here If that condition is not satisfied, the subsection [11.2] does not apply. The Irish courts have always been of the view that picketing is only permitted on the conditions set out in Section 11 [of the Industrial Relations Act]…Conclusion Source: PA ImagesThere is no right to strike, as such, in Irish law. Many of the activities inherent to striking and picketing (stopping work and breaching your employment contract, encouraging others to stop work and breach their employment contract) are illegal.But if you picket at your place of employment, under certain conditions (peacefully, and in furtherance of a trade dispute), you are immune from the legal consequences that you would otherwise face.If you picket at a different company, there is the additional condition that you must have a reasonable belief that that company is directly helping your employer to frustrate or get around your industrial action.If your picketing meets all these conditions, you are protected from prosecution and civil liability, under Irish law.If your picketing does not meet all these conditions, you’re not protected from prosecution or civil liability for any illegal activities inherent in that picketing.All picketing – secondary or otherwise – inherently involves activities that are, “by default”, illegal. However, there are conditions in the 1990 Industrial Relations Act, which provide immunity from prosecution for those activities.Therefore, on balance we rate the claim – that secondary picketing is illegal – Half TRUE. As our verdicts guide explains, this means: All of this applies once the workers or unions are “acting in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute”. By Dan MacGuilllast_img read more

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Samaras sees no need for third bailout

first_imgAfter a week that saw Athens successfully tap international bond markets for the first time in four years, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras essentially ruled out the need for a third loan program for Greece, insisting that the markets’ positive response to last week bond’s issue is the first step toward the country emerging from its economic crisis.In an article to be published in Sunday’s Kathimerini, Samaras declared that “the country’s return to the markets rebuffs [speculation] about a third memorandum,” a prospect that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was careful to leave open on a lightning visit to Athens on Friday.“Two years ago when I was speaking about prospects and hope, the signs were not good. Few believed that we could make it,” Samaras wrote. “Now, everyone can see it: Greece is succeeding, step by step.” The premier said his priorities now were growth-boosting measures and “relief for those who have been hardest hit.”In his article, Samaras lashed out at critics, particularly leftist SYRIZA and the neofascist Golden Dawn, which he did not name. He said democracy had been challenged by “an irresponsible opposition which tried to rally the people against the country staying in the eurozone” and by a “criminal organization” which used the parliamentary immunity of its MPs to launch “an unprecedented wave of violence.”Meanwhile, as experts weighed the outcome of the bond issue and Merkel’s visit to Athens, sources suggested that both had been carefully considered. As regards the capital markets foray, sources told Kathimerini that it had been preceded by months of secret meetings with the final decision taken during a meeting at Samaras’s home in Kifissia, north of Athens, on the night of March 24. As for Merkel’s visit to Athens, there are said to have been doubts on both sides about whether it would be beneficial to both leaders with the decision taken at the last minute.The head of the eurozone group of finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, noted on Saturday that the bond issue inspired optimism but that Greece still had “a long way to go” before it could talk about a full return to the markets.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Key stats chief steps down

first_imgThe head of the Greek statistics office stepped down on Sunday, adding new complexity to Greece’s bailout negotiations with its European Union partners.A veteran International Monetary Fund statistician, Andreas Georgiou was appointed head of ELSTAT in 2010 in an effort to restore the credibility of Greek statistics a few months after the country’s debt crisis erupted.“I have informed the finance minister of my decision not to accept the extension of my term … that ends today,” Georgiou told Reuters.Georgiou could have stayed on until a replacement was appointed, but he said he was not interested in having the finance minister renew his term and that it was a personal choice to leave.He said he and his team had worked to make the statistics office independent, impartial, objective and transparent, sometimes against a series of “unsubstantiated and totally unfounded accusations”.In 2013, a prosecutor brought felony charges against Georgiou and two other agency employees, accusing them of falsifying 2009 fiscal data. A former ELSTAT employee had claimed that Georgiou had inflated the deficit numbers to justify austerity measures.He denied the accusation and the charge was dropped last month. In the run-up to joining the eurozone, which it did as a founder member in 2001, Greece under-reported its budget deficit for years.Since then, unreliable statistics with frequent revisions were blamed in part for pushing the country to a financial crisis.Since Georgiou took over, however, the European Union’s statistics office Eurostat has fully accepted the debt figures provided by Greece.The independence of ELSTAT remains a key concern as Greece seeks a new bailout from its European Union partners.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed on Monday to the “safeguarding of the full legal independence of ELSTAT” as one of the promises to achieve a third bailout worth up to 86 billion euros ($93 billion).Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Our aspiration is for Neos Kosmos to be a quality global voice

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The notion of a ‘family business’ is deeply rooted in Greek culture, but for Chris Gogos, the significance of this ‘family business’ far exceeds the limits of his home, spreading to the broader Greek community of Melbourne and Australia – if not the Greek diaspora as a whole.Now that Neos Kosmos is celebrating six decades of continuous presence, Chris remembers the first time that he visited ‘dad’s workplace’ and offers his musings on the paper’s past, present and future. What is your first Neos Kosmos memory? My first memories are from when we were at the Russell Street building, back in the 70s. I was five or six years old and as a young boy, I remember it was like a rabbit warren. I remember the smell: a mixture between an office and a printing press; it had a metallic smell because they still had the old letterpress machines then. All this was very interesting, this crazy world of publishing. Now it’s all very sterilised. Sometimes, our columnist Babis Stavropoulos jokes that it reminds him of an insurance company. At the time, because we were near the Lonsdale Street corner, the whole precinct had a Greek community vibe to it, similar to how Oakleigh is today. There was a number of Greek establishments and the office was very busy, with lots of phone calls, people coming in and out, lots of craziness. I thought that this is where my father works, this is what he does. It was busy but at the same time normal.Would you have thought that this is what you’d be doing someday? Not at five years old. My father was never a person to push you into doing something, he led his own life. He liked me being around, but it was never put in my mind that this is something that I should be doing. That came much later. I sort of discovered it myself, on my own. When did you discover it? It was in the early 1990s that I first got really involved in Neos Kosmos. My father wanted to produce a community television program and because I had a background in television, media and film studies, I had enough knowledge, and practice, to produce a community program, and that got me involved. Through this involvement I gradually got to understand what Neos Kosmos is, and I got to understand the community a lot better too. I understood that it is a form of communication and it is something that is well established and respected by a lot of people and I thought that I could contribute to this. And this is how I started.Following the TV show I got involved in the production side of things, trying to see how we could make improvements in technology and modernise the paper and business. I was never initially involved in the editorial and journalistic side, that came later. I began to see a future and see that we have become a voice that also passes generations, not just for the first migrants. Up until that time, what did the paper mean to you? I suppose it was not dissimilar to most people’s view. I had a sense of respect for what we were doing which was also reflected from the community and the readers. Being around the community everyone seemed to be proud of what the paper was and how it represented them. I also developed my own respect, independent of that, because I knew how we worked; I knew the people involved; I knew the dedication and the internal debating about topics and the quality of the product – both as a physical thing and the quality of journalism.How did you see this relationship with the community evolve through time? I think inevitably one of the greatest challenges we always had, and my father foresaw it back in the early 70s, was that language is going to play a big role in the transition of the newspaper. We started printing English pages, it sort of built up at the time and it grew, because a lot of second- and third-generation [readers] did not have a proficiency in Greek language. So I knew that we had to publish more English stories, because the needs of Greek-speaking readers are very different from the needs of our English-speaking readers. We’re a community voice for them and a point of information but it’s much broader than it used to be. It’s really been the advent of the internet that has made that transition much more viable. The internet has helped us really get to more people [more quickly]. We’re on the verge of launching a new website which is very user-friendly. So we’re trying to be even better at that; listening to what our readers want. Neos Kosmos‘ online edition attracts much traffic from the broader diaspora; how does this affect its role as a medium? It’s actually an enormous opportunity for us to continue to grow and reach the diaspora and Greece as well. There are a lot of people in Greece, whether they are expats or they have an interest in Greeks abroad, that are reading us and this growth potential over the last few years has been positive. Of course, we have to be aware of our own limited resources and be careful not to try and be everything to everyone, because we can’t. We have to be careful to maintain our good qualities and nurture them in order to become better. As the person in charge of running it as a business and having to pay for good journalism and contributors, my role is to create the business model for the digital age, so that it becomes sustainable and continues to grow. This is the greatest challenge media organisations face at the moment; how do you tackle it? I think that the way to tackle it is to do exactly what we are doing for the newspaper but with a completely modern mindset, which is a view towards digital. You need to provide the information that you would provide in a newspaper environment, but produce it differently for a digital environment. You’re really governed by what people are interested in. As a relatively small business, we may have limited resources, but we do have flexibility. We don’t have a big bureaucracy in order to do something new. We just have to be a little bit more strategic and do our homework. We’re very independent, we listen to our readers and adapt to what they want. What is your aspiration for the future of Neos Kosmos? Judging by our continued growth in readership, I can see us continuing to cater for the needs of the diaspora as a whole and really be known as a respected voice for the Greek diaspora. Obviously we’re based in Melbourne and we’re very supported by the community here, but we already produce a lot of content that is not Melbourne-specific; stories and information that is of interest for people of Greek heritage. First of all it’s about the content; you need to provide the information that people want. Then it’s the timeliness of it and the user experience. We need to do all those things well. If we do that well, we’ll have the opportunity to gain habitual followers internationally. So, our aspiration is to be a quality global voice in what we do. Looking back over Neos Kosmos‘ 60 years of history, what is it that inspires you the most?I think it is that I have seen Neos Kosmos being able to communicate with a lot of people through the years, and connect with them and actually help them and be a voice for them but also a Greek voice within the broader community. I was only a kid but we helped a lot of people get a foot in the country.It’s very powerful and fulfilling to be able to make a difference and be heard. This is a really important role and it hasn’t changed in time. We are looked upon as one of the most successful examples of multiculturalism – especially by politicians – because we did fight in the early days for multiculturalism. Neos Kosmos is one of the pillars of the Greek Australian community; what does that mean to you? We are considered a pillar and we do have an important role within the community. It’s our responsibility to communicate what’s happening in the community, whether it is information or managing debates that are going on in the community. Our responsibility is to present them fairly and be respectful of all the different voices in the community and allow them to have exposure, so long as they are reasonable and not extremist – that’s the only place where we draw the line. To allow debate and allowing our own viewpoint as well. This is a great responsibility. Because when we say ‘Greek Australian community’ it sounds homogenous but it’s not; we all come from different socioeconomic backgrounds and we have different political beliefs. Our community is a large community but it’s also relatively small – we need to make room for everybody. We need to allow all voices to be heard. On a personal level, what is your perception of your own identity as a Greek Australian? It’s a little complex. Some of us had the opportunity to spend parts of our lives in Greece, so whilst I was born here, I had the pleasure of living in Greece for more than a decade and then come back. I feel very privileged to have had this upbringing; I can see the great things of our culture here both as Australian and Greek Australian, but also all the great things in the motherland. Greece is an incredible country with it’s particular lifestyle; it has an ease of living, that I find humane. That has nothing to do with having a Greek background; I’ve had Australians of non-Greek background tell me the same. Of course, there are also some negative aspects, that we re all aware of. As for Greek Australians, there is a sense of proudness in having a Greek heritage, which is part of our culture, how we are brought up. I’ve seen this in everyone, from people who are very involved in the community to people who are dissociated and don’t even speak Greek. Their essence, how they value their everyday life and live it moment to moment, is uniquely Greek. And it’s always there.last_img read more

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Un colloque national pour la préservation des tortues marines

first_imgUn colloque national pour la préservation des tortues marinesParis, France – Du 20 au 22 janvier, le Jardin des Plantes accueillera un colloque réunissant une centaine de spécialistes des tortues marines et d’acteurs engagés dans leur protection. Une première pour ces animaux classés par l’UICN sur la liste rouge des espèces menacées d’extinction. Les tortues marines comptent actuellement parmi les espèces les plus menacées du patrimoine naturel marin français. En effet, six des sept espèces sillonnant les océans de notre planète fréquentent les eaux territoriales françaises. Ces reptiles voient leur survie compromise, notamment en raison des captures accidentelles occasionnées par la pêche.Le colloque “Tortues marines en France métropolitaine et d’outre-mer” a pour but de développer une réflexion autour de cette problématique et des autres menaces qui pèsent sur la survie des tortues marines, afin d’engager de nouvelles mesures de conservation et de renforcer la coordination des actions menées.  Malgré la protection dont les tortues marines font l’objet sur le territoire national, leur survie n’est pourtant pas assurée, notamment en raison des activités humaines. Aussi, dans le cadre de l’Année mondiale de la Biodiversité, ce colloque cherchera à harmoniser les méthodes actuelles de recueil et d’analyse de données, tout en définissant de nouveaux thèmes prioritaires d’action et de recherche pour la conservation de ces espèces.A noter également, l’organisation d’une journée thématique consacrée aux tortues marines le samedi 23 janvier 2010, dans l’auditorium de la Grande Galerie de l’Evolution. Ouverte au grand public sur réservation préalable, elle permettra d’en apprendre plus sur la diversité des tortues, leur cycle de vie, de préciser les menaces qui pèsent actuellement sur elles, tout en détaillant les mesures de sauvegarde déjà en place. La journée sera ponctuée par diverses interventions, et se clôturera par un film-débat en présence de l’ensemble des intervenants. Le 20 janvier 2010 à 17:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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City of Encinitas to hold forum on proposed gaspowered leaf blower ban

first_imgCity of Encinitas to hold forum on proposed gas-powered leaf blower ban KUSI Newsroom Tonight, @EncinitasGov will discuss a proposal to eliminate the use of gas-powered leaf blowers to help achieve the goals set in its climate action plan. City officials think the proposal will also decrease levels of noise, dust and allergies.Story: https://t.co/8yyMTWgC9U pic.twitter.com/Ansmh43Wbb— KUSI News (@KUSINews) May 13, 2019 Updated: 12:55 PM Posted: May 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, ENCINITAS (KUSI) – The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and the city of Encinitas will host a community forum Monday evening to discuss a proposal to eliminate the use of gas-powered leaf blowers.The Encinitas City Council is scheduled to discuss the ordinance next month. Monday’s forum will include presentations by city staff members on how the ordinance will benefit the city and help it achieve the goals set in its climate action plan. City officials also believe the ordinance will decrease levels of noise, dust and allergens.A violation of the ordinance would result in a fine of at least $100 after a warning, increasing for each violation. Only electric or battery- powered leaf blowers would be allowed within the city going forward, should the ordinance be adopted.The forum will be held at the Encinitas Community Center’s Banquet Hall, located at 1140 Oakcrest Drive. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Monday evening.What do you think of the proposal? Let us know by replying to our Twitter posts below. May 13, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Finally Snow Expected On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgOttenweller: “What we are looking at through today is kind of lingering snow, it should taper off a bit this morning, and then rebuild this afternoon into the evening hours. It could between 1-3 inches, is what we are thinking right now, and could lean towards the higher end.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on December 12th, 2018 at 11:18 amThe wait may finally be over for some Alaskans as snow begins to grace the the Kenai Peninsula with its presence this week. According to Ottenweller the snowfall is expected dissipate on Wednesday morning, but cold air and strong winds are expected to push out of the west causing temperatures to fall. Ottenweller: “It’s a good thing for a lot of folks, this  is very welcome news. It looks like that cold air stays in place, and even gets a little colder as we go through the end of the week. So, whatever we accumulate in the next 24 to 48 hours should stick around.”  Mike Ottenweller with the National Weather Service in Anchorage: “The setup across the area is that we’ve got some cold air working in from across the west, and we’ve got a low pressure center in the Prince William Sound. Those two things make for a good scenario for snow across much of South Central and especially the Kenai Peninsula.”  The areas expected to get snowfall; Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski, Sterling, Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Homer, Cooper Landing, Whittier, Seward,  Girdwood, and Moose Pass. Photo credit: @tipkingsleylast_img read more

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What Role Do School Counselors Play After A School Shooting

first_imgSanta Fe High School students returned to class this morning (May 29), a little over a week after another student shot and killed ten people on campus.The district is providing additional support for students this week, including more security and counseling resources.To learn what role school counselors play in helping students transition back to class after a traumatic event, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Sharon Bey, a counselor coordinator at Waller ISD and past president of the Texas School Counselor Association, and Eric Sparks, a former high school counselor who’s now assistant director of the American School Counselor Association. Photo via Twitter @AlvinISDStudents and staff from Alvin High School made signs and woke up early to welcome Santa Fe ISD students back to school. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img X 00:00 /11:19 Sharelast_img read more

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Albiero Downs 200 Butterfly Record Cardinals Qualify Four to Finals on Day

first_imgThe Cardinals also secured a spot in the A final of the 400 free relay as Albiero (42.49), Andrej Barna (42.53), Bartosz Piszczorowicz (42.81) and Zach Harting (41.81) combined for a time of 2:49.64 to finish seventh overall. Louisville has now qualified four relays to the NCAA A final for the first time in program history. In the 200 fly, Harting finished 19th with a time of 1:42.17. Also competing for the Cardinals was Daniel Sos, who stopped the clock in a time of 1:47.02. Evgenii Somov secured a spot in his second final of the weekend, finishing 14th in the 200 breast with a time of 1:53.28. He will compete in tonight’s B final, the first NCAA final of his career in the event. Saturday Finals Heat Sheet AUSTIN, Texas – Nicolas Albiero took down his own school record and qualified second overall in the 200 butterfly to lead the University of Louisville men’s swimming and diving team through the final day’s prelims at the NCAA Championships on Saturday morning. In total, the Cardinals qualified four events to tonight’s finals.Louisville enters the final session in fifth place with 149 points, trailing California (372), Texas (329), Indiana (277.5) and NC State (215). The Cards are 13 points ahead of Florida with 136.  In the 200 back, freshman Mitchell Whyte qualified for the first NCAA final of his career, finishing 15th overall with a time of 1:40.62. Nikos Sofianidis posted a season-best time in the event, placing third in his heat with a 1:42.45.center_img Prelims Results Albiero toppled the previous record in the 200 fly by over a half-second, winning his heat with a time of 1:40.16. Tonight marks the first time in program history the Cardinals will have a swimmer in the A final of the event.   Story Links Senior Marcelo Acosta will kick of the evening for the Cards in the timed finals of the 1650 free at approximately 5:54 p.m. ET. Finals will commence at 7 p.m. ET. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Vizio Integrates Pluto TV With New AdSupported WatchFree Service

first_img“From hit TV shows to blockbuster movies, news, sports, lifestyle and more, WatchFree is a game changer for cord-cutting enthusiasts,” added Pluto CEO Tom Ryan.WatchFree is rolling out to TVs featuring Vizio’s SmartCast operating system, which the company first launched in 2016. At the time, Vizio took the radical step to get rid of all on-screen apps, and instead relied entirely on Google’s Chromecast technology to control playback from mobile devices.After negative reactions from consumers, Vizio once again added apps to its TV screens in 2017. WatchFree is now presented as a dedicated input on Vizio TVs, mimicking the way a cable box would appear on a TV.This isn’t the first time a TV maker has closely integrated an ad-supported streaming service for a cable-like experience. LG has done something similar with Pluto competitor Xumo, which is also available on Vizio TVs.Ryan sat down last month with Variety’s Strictly Business podcast for an interview about Pluto TV. Listen: ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Vizio is adding a new way to watch free, ad-supported TV programming to its TV sets: The company launched a new service dubbed WatchFree Wednesday that promises access to 100 channels, including programming from NBC / MSNBC, Fox Sports, MST3K and The Surf Channel.WatchFree is powered by Pluto TV, an ad-supported streaming service that has been making this kind of programming available on a variety of platforms for some time. Programming supplied by Pluto will also include ad-supported movie channels, and the startup is looking to launch Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Unsolved Mysteries pop-up channels in the near future.“WatchFree is a next-generation streaming service with an easy-to-navigate, cable-like interface that delivers creative and thoughtful content selections,” said Vizio CTO Bill Baxter.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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710 companies of central forces in Bengals 7th phase

first_imgKolkata: A total of 710 companies of the central forces will be deployed for the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal covering nine parliamentary seats on May 19, according to Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey. “The 710 companies will be providing 100 per cent coverage in the state. It will include 512 Quick Response Teams led by Assistant Commandants,” Dubey added. The Central Police Observer would be travelling to all the constituencies between Wednesday and Friday to review arrangements. The city will soon witness area domination and route marches conducted by the armed forces, said Dubey, who held a meeting with top-police officers to give them necessary instructions. Nine parliamentary constituencies namely Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, Kolkata Uttar will vote on Sunday. The votes will be counted on May 23.last_img read more

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