Titans Touch day – Two days out from tap-off!

first_imgThe Inaugural Gold Coast Titans Corporate Touch Day gets underway this Saturday, 1 February 2014. The Gold Coast Titans, in conjunction with Touch Football Australia, will host the inaugural Titans Corporate Touch Day at Robina Stadium on Saturday, 1 February 2014, from 9.00am-5.00pm. The event is another demonstration of new and innovative playing/participation opportunities emanating from the strategic alliance between the NRL and TFA. This inaugural event at the Titans’ home ground provides participants a different experience to general Touch Football tournaments or knockouts. The format is slightly modified to existing tournament delivery and display. While the competition is Mixed the matches will channel formats of the game from an era past: games will be 15 minutes duration and teams will be seven-a-side and include a marker and captained by a current Titans first-grade player. Off-field activities include a BBQ lunch and post-event function for players and teams to go into the draw for some great NRL corporate game day and merchandise prizes through the NRL season. Another feature of the event is the opportunity for participants to engage and compete in a corporate team building environment with work colleagues, corporate partners and Titans players. Participants will also witness first-hand the whole match day experience of a Titans NRL game with breakaway tours of the Titans HQ and facilities. Players will also get the chance to get behind the clipboard and hear from and gain valuable insights from some of the Titans coaching staff with respective team briefings.    While all of this provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes view of the Titans’ NRL match day preparations, the two top teams at the end of the tournament will also get the chance to play each other in front of a capacity crowd at a 2014 Titans home game during the upcoming NRL season. All augurs well for a great day of Touch Footy out under the Gold Coast sun – matches get underway at 9.00am, free admission to spectators. For more information, please click on the attachment below and stay tuned to the TFA website for updates and coverage of the event. Related Files2014_corporatetouchday_flyerform-pdfRelated LinksTitans Touch Daylast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool ace Salah: My father sacrificed so much for me

first_imgLiverpool ace Salah: My father sacrificed so much for meby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Mohamed Salah has paid tribute to his father for the success he has enjoyed over the last 18 months.Salah says his father paid a high price for him, and he is very grateful.He told GQ: “I would complain that I didn’t want to travel [the four hours] to training.”But he stood by me and told me that all great players go through this. “The price for him was very high, and I’ll never forget the role he played in my career.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant Takes Surprise Transfer Visit

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant has already taken transfer visits to several major college football programs and has more scheduled.Bryant, who lost his starting job to freshman Trevor Lawrence, had visited Arkansas, Missouri and North Carolina, with another visit to the Tar Heels scheduled. Reports suggested that a visit to Mississippi State is coming, too.It turns out that Bryant took another visit this week.The State is reporting that Bryant took a mid-week visit to Auburn.Bryant took a trip to Auburn this week as he continues to search for his next home.Bryant visited Auburn on Tuesday and told The State in a text message that he had a good meeting with the Tigers coaching staff.“It was a good trip just sitting down and talking with coach and getting a feel for what they were all about,” Bryant said. “Feel it would be a good situation to be able to step into with the guys they will have coming back on both sides of the ball.”Auburn has had success with transfer quarterbacks in the past, as the Tigers are currently led by former Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham.It’s easy to see Bryant fitting into Gus Malzahn’s offense, so perhaps there could be a fit here.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Gard: Switch to Low Sulphur Fuel Prior to Entering ECA

first_imgzoom The US Coast Guard (USCG) has voiced concerns about the increasing number of vessels at risk of experiencing loss of propulsion when performing change-over operations to low sulphur fuel, the marine insurer Gard reports.As part of the increasingly stricter air emission limits enforced through MARPOL Annex VI, vessels operating in the established Emission Control Areas (ECAs) can, as of January 1, 2015, no longer use fuel with a sulphur content exceeding 0.1% by weight unless an approved exhaust gas cleaning system is installed.As the machinery systems of many vessels were not designed to operate on low sulphur fuels, difficulties can arise when switching from one fuel to another, both during the actual fuel change-over and during continuous operation on low sulphur fuel.According to the USCG, vessels have reported several incidents involving substantial fuel leakages while switching fuel to ensure compliance with the North American ECA requirements. Although these leakages were contained, the USCG emphasises that fuel releases of any kind can lead to more serious incidents involving pollution, engine room fires, and personal injuries.The USCG also reports that many losses of propulsion have occurred in various ports and have been associated with fuel change-over processes and procedures.Gard has warned its members that ships operating within ECA areas, currently the North American area, the US Caribbean Sea area, the Baltic Sea area and the North Sea area, must use low sulphur fuel the entire time the vessel is operating within an ECA, on inbound and outbound transits as well as at the dock.Each vessel must develop and implement suitable shipboard procedures for fuel change-over in accordance with MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 14.6, allowing sufficient time to complete the fuel oil change-over prior to crossing the ECA border.last_img read more

Venezuelan opposition asks UK bank not to give Maduro gold

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela — Key Venezuelan opposition leaders are urging the Bank of England not to hand over $550 million worth of gold reserves requested by President Nicolas Maduro.A letter sent Friday to the bank says Maduro’s government would steal the 14 tons of gold or use it to oppress and kill Venezuelans.The letter is from former National Assembly President Julio Borges and opposition party leader Carlos Vecchio, both living in exile.Critics accuse Maduro of draining the country’s gold reserves to make up for plummeting crude production in the once-wealthy oil nation. The government has been repatriating gold reserves since 2012.The letter notes that the United Kingdom and United States both consider Maduro’s government illegitimate.The Bank of England and Venezuela communications ministry didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sporadic clashes mark final phase of polling

first_imgKolkata: On the final day of the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, which recorded 72.91 percent turnout till 5 pm in the nine parliamentary constituencies of the state on Sunday, there were stray incidents of violence in some parts of the state coupled with voting machine glitches.Till 5 pm, Mathurapur (SC) recorded the highest turnout at 78.52 percent, followed by Basirhat at 77.77 percent and Diamond Harbour at 77.40 percent. Joynagar (SC) recorded 75.81 percent turnout, Barasat 74.41 percent, Dum Dum 73.05 percent, Jadavpur 70.97 percent, Kolkata South 67.09 percent and Kolkata North recorded 61.18 percent of polling. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Polling was absolutely peaceful. There was no report of any violence from anywhere in the nine constituencies. The incidents reported were very minor and necessary action was immediately taken,” an Election Commission official said. “There were, however, reports of EVM glitches in several polling stations. We had to send reserve EVMs to the booths, where the voting process was temporarily hampered due to technical glitches,” he added. On Sunday morning, several Electronic Voting Machines in South Kolkata and Dum Dum constituencies developed snag and had to be replaced. Trinamool Congress leaders alleged that as polling was held up for anything between half-an-hour to three hours, the new EVMs could not undergo mock tests. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayTMC chief Mamata Banerjee alleged that the Central Forces and the BJP carried out “tortures” during Sunday’s election. “Since this morning, BJP workers and the Central Forces personnel carried out unprecedented torture on the voters. I have not seen such a thing ever,” Banerjee told reporters after casting her vote. Braving the heat, voters stood patiently in queues for hours to exercise their franchise. Three Presiding Officers have been replaced for their failure to conduct the polls properly. Of these, one Presiding Officer was replaced in Baruipur while two others in Falta under Diamond Harbour constituency. Altogether, 346 arrests have taken place out of which 324 persons have been arrested under the Preventive clauses while 22 have been arrested under specific cases. Two vehicles have been damaged of which one belonged to a candidate while the other was that of a convoy.last_img read more

Sri Lankas internet speed better than even Australia

Internet connections Down Under are considered poorer and slower than 50 other countries, with South Korea topping the list as having the fastest connectivity. Internet speeds in Sri Lanka are better than even Australia, according to a global leader in Content Delivery Network services,Australia’s internet speed has ranked as the 51st slowest out of 108 countries around the world, lagging behind underdeveloped nations such as Kenya and Sri Lanka, the Daily Mail reported. Australia’s online bandwidth has pathetic internet speeds compared to the likes of South Korea, Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong and Switzerland – which all have speed above 20 megabits per second (mbps). (Colombo Gazette)

Multiple phone providers experiencing network outages

Rogers, Bell, Telus, and Freedom Mobile have been experiencing a national network outage.The outage is directly impacting the ability to make or receive phone calls.Rogers warned customers of possible dropped calls or the inability to place or receive calls on their mobile and wireless home phones. The outage is also causing problems for first responders. London police tweeted about the issue saying to use a Bell provider to contact 9-1-1.Please be advised the ROGERS network is down globally. Please use a bell provider or landline to contact 911. ROGERS is actively working to repair the issues.— London Police ON (@lpsmediaoffice) July 7, 2019All carriers have said they are actively working to repair the issue but that there is no estimated time as to when service will be restored.

Banks ATT push US stocks broadly higher in morning trading

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks edged higher in morning trading Monday as rising bond yields lifted banks and AT&T powered gains in the communications sector.AT&T soared in heavy trading after activist investor Elliott Management announced a $3.2 billion stake in the company and called for a shakeup. The communications company did much of the heavy lifting for the sector. Netflix and Google also made big gains.JPMorgan Chase rose 2.4% and Bank of America rose 2.9% as bond yields jumped. Banks rely on higher yields to set more lucrative interest rates on loans.The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.62% from 1.55% late Friday in a sign that investors remain confident that the economy will continue growing. They also shifted money out of safe-play sectors like utilities and makers of consumer products.Oil prices ticked higher and helped lift energy stocks. Oilfield services company Schlumberger rose 4.1% and Halliburton rose 4.3%.Health care stocks were the biggest losers in the early going, dragged down by drug developers Merck and Amgen.The broader market is coming off of two weeks of gains following a bout of volatility brought on by the trade war between the U.S. and China. Investors are still hoping for some kind of a deal between the two nations, and were encouraged last week by news that talks will resume in October.A mixed bag of economic data has kept Wall Street focused on central banks and whether they will continue taking measures to shore up economic growth. On Friday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank doesn’t expect a recession and will take necessary actions to maintain growth. Economists expect the Fed to cut interest rates when it meets next week.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 rose 0.2% as of 11:35 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 86 points, or 0.3%, to 26,884. The Nasdaq rose 0.2%. Small-company stocks did better than the rest of the market. The Russell 2000 rose 1%.OVERSEAS: Stocks in Europe were mixed as economic growth concerns and Britain’s potentially chaotic exit from the European Union weigh on investors. The European Central Bank is expected to unveil new monetary stimulus measures on Thursday to help shore up economic growth.Stocks in Asia were broadly higher. The Shanghai Composite rose 0.8% as investors brushed off the latest trade data showing a drop in imports from and exports to the U.S. amid a damaging trade war.CALLING FOR CHANGE: AT&T jumped 3.1% after investment manager Elliott Management sent a letter to the company’s board noting that its stock has badly lagged the broader market over the past 10 years and urged it to shed businesses and trim costs. AT&T said it will review the proposals.GOOD HEALTH: Acadia Pharmaceuticals surged 62.4% after the drug developer said its potential treatment for dementia-related psychosis met a key study goal. It plans to meet with the Food and Drug Administration in 2020 regarding possible approval, which could make it the first drug approved by the FDA to specifically treat the condition.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Thesis defences — Aug 13 to 17

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Aug. 13 to 17.All are open for the University community to attend.Psychology MA thesis defencePsychology student Andrew Chung will defend the thesis, “Naturally Occurring Affect Predicts Verbal and Spatial Working Memory Performance” on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. in PL 500A.The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Daniel Smilek, External Examiner (University of Regina); Karen Arnell, Supervisor; and Stephen Emrich and Cathy Mondloch, Committee Members.

Depth Chart Week 6 versus Indiana

Rs. Fr.Rs. Fr. LT  74 Jamarco Jones75 Evan LisleOR63 Kevin WoidkeJr.Rs. Jr. Week 6 defense versus Indiana SAF7 Damon Webb4 Jordan FullerJr.Fr. RB25 Mike WeberOR4 Curtis Samuel2 Dontre WilsonRs. Fr.Jr.Sr. RG54 Billy Price75 Evan LisleOR67 Kyle TroutRs. Jr.Rs. Jr. Rs. So. Rs. Jr. DE6 Sam Hubbard            OR11 Jayln Holmes          97 Nick Bosa     Rs. So.Jr.Fr. QB16 J.T. Barrett10 Joe  BurrowRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. KR2 Dontre WilsonOR82 James ClarkOR1 Johnnie DixonSr. SLB35 Chris Worley17 Jerome BakerRs. Jr.So. LS49 Liam McCullough44 Aaron MawhirterRs. Fr.Sr. Rs. Sr. Week 6 special teams versus Indiana WLB33 Dante BookerOR17 Jerome Baker48 Joe BurgerJr. PR2 Dontre WilsonOR5 Corey SmithOR4 Curtis SamuelSr. TE85 Marcus Baugh88 A.J. AlexanderRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. DT86 Dre’Mont JonesOR53 Davon Hamilton   9 Jashon Cornell   Rs. Fr. RT59 Isaiah Prince76 Branden BowenSo.Rs. Fr. MLB5 Raekwon McMillan38 Craig FadaJr.Rs. Sr. DE59 Tyquan Lewis13 Rashod Berry18 Jonathan CooperRs. Jr.Rs. Fr.Fr. So. CB8 Gareon Conley3 Damon ArnetteRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. LG73 Michael Jordan69 Matthew BurrellFr.Rs. Fr. So.Rs. Sr. Rs. So. Coach Meyer stands in front of the team before the Buckeyes take the field against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team has suffered numerous injuries in 2016, more so than previous years. Before last week’s 58-0 victory over Rutgers, the No. 2 Buckeyes lost redshirt sophomore backup right guard Demetrius Knox for eight weeks with a broken foot.OSU coach Urban Meyer threw in several young Buckeyes on the field in the second half against the Scarlet Knights. Entering its second Big Ten contest against Indiana on Saturday in Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m., Meyer and the team have another opportunity to show its depth.OSU released its Week 6 depth chart on Tuesday afternoon.Week 6 offense versus Indiana Rs. So. WR-Z83 Terry McLaurinOR82 James Clark9 Binjimen VictorRs. So.Rs. Jr.Fr. C65 Pat Elflein79 Brady TaylorRs. Sr.Rs. So. WR5 Corey SmithOR1 Johnnie DixonRs. Sr. WR-X80 Noah BrownOR21 Parris Campbell11 Austin MackRs. So.Rs. So.Fr. DT77 Michael Hill             67 Robert Landers       Rs. Jr.Fr. CB2 Marshon LattimoreOR12 Denzel WardRs. So.So. K92 Tyler Durbin96 Sean NuernbergerSr.Jr. H-Back4 Curtis SamuelOR2 Dontre WilsonJr.Sr. SAF24 Malik Hooker34 Erick SmithRs. So.Jr. P95 Cameron JohnstonSr. Jr. read more

Womens Basketball No 9 Ohio State defeats Quinnipiac 9563 behind Mitchells 32

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper drives the ball during the first half of the Buckeyes’ game against Quinnipiac on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorNo. 9 Ohio State (3-1) rode a season-high 32-point performance from guard Kelsey Mitchell and guard Linnae Harper’s career-high 23 points to a 95-63 win against Quinnipiac (0-3) Friday night at the Schottenstein Center.Harper also pulled down 10 rebounds, which gave the 5-foot-8 guard her third double-double of the season. “She’s one of the most unique players in college basketball with the fact that she’s such a great rebounder and defender for her size,” head coach Kevin McGuff said. “We can get away with playing small because of that. It gives us an opportunity to do some different types of things.”Mitchell converted 6-of-9 3s, including three in a row down the stretch. She drilled a her final 3-pointer with 4:09 remaining in the contest to give her 32 points — which eclipsed her former season-high of 30 points — and cap off a 13-0 run. A preseason first-team All-American, Mitchell said she felt like she got into a rhythm near the end of the game.“It’s just a flow, still try to play within the game system, trying to play within the gameplay defensively and offensively,” Mitchell said. “But what ever you see, try to go for it.”Despite the 32-point win against a team that made it to the Sweet 16 last season, McGuff was not pleased by Ohio State’s performance.“I thought we played hard throughout the game, but we had some stretches where we just mentally had lapses and when we did that, they made us pay,” McGuff said. “So that was kind of the message afterward, if we’re going to be the team that we’re capable of being, it’s got to be a much more consistent mental effort for closer to 40 minutes.”Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga corrals a rebound during the first half of the Buckeyes’ game against Quinnipiac on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorQuinnipiac ended the third quarter on a 7-0 run, trimming its deficit to 65-53. But Ohio State quickly quenched any Bobcat comeback hopes with Mavunga hitting two free throws and Calhoun scoring an and-1 layup to put the Buckeyes up 70-53. Mitchell chalked rebounding up to the reason for Ohio State pulling away from the Bobcats with a 30-10 fourth quarter.“It takes us a long way,” Mitchell said. “Y’all know how we are, if we get a rebound, we get it in transition, it’s always positive for us.”Ohio State held just a one-rebound advantage at halftime, but ended the game with a 55-40 rebound lead. Of the Buckeyes’ 17 transition points, 15 came in the second half when they were able to corral rebounds and turn them into points.Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga also picked up her third double-double of the season. She dropped 12 points and snagged up 11 rebounds. Most of her buckets came from the charity stripe as she made eight free throws. The Bobcats played 11 players and were helped by 23 bench points, while Ohio State’s bench combined for just 11 points. Quinnipiac frequently subbed five-person lineup in and out out of the game.Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun drives the ball during the Buckeyes’ game against Quinnipiac on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor“You’ve got to know personnel,” Mitchell said. “A person like [forward Jen Fay] that can put it on the floor and shoot it, but you don’t know whether she’s a [power forward] or a [center]. But then she’ll go right back out and come right back in and you don’t know who to guard. It was different.”Playing its second game in three days, Ohio State came out of the gate slow. The Bobcats pulled ahead to a 12-8 lead, but Harper hit a 3-pointer and Mitchell hit a jumper to give the Buckeyes a lead they would not relinquish.The Buckeyes entered halftime leading 46-32 as the Bobcat offense faltered down the stretch of the first half as the visitors hit just two of its final 12 shots of the half. Quinnipiac junior guard/forward Aryn McClure was tied with forward Jen Fay for the team-lead with 15 points.Redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun finished fourth on Ohio State with 11 points, but went just 3-for-13 from the field.Ohio State will look for its third-straight victory when it takes on Washington at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Fine Gael say Sinn Féins economics were disastrous in France Were they

first_imgSINN FÉIN’S PROPOSALS to introduce a third income tax bracket and a wealth tax have been compared by some to Francois Hollande’s pre-election promises in France.Fine Gael’s Dara Murphy for example said that Sinn Féin’s plans were “tried with disastrous consequences” by the French President. So, are the two plans comparable and were Hollande’s plans a disaster?Firstly for clarity, the term ‘wealth tax’ relates to a tax on assets and should not be confused with Hollande’s controversial 75% income tax election pledge.Wealth taxApart from a couple of years break, France has had a wealth tax of some form or another since the early 1980s. Paris currently imposes six different rates of wealth tax on total assets between €800,000 and €10 million.For example, individuals with assets of €1.3 million have an annual charge of 0.5% while those above €10 million pay 1.5%.Non-residents in France are also liable for wealth tax on assets physically situated in France and co-habiting couples must make also make a joint wealth tax submission. Assets held by children below 18 years of age must also included.Sinn Féin’s 2014 Pre-Budget Submission says that their proposals are modeled on the French and Norweigan levies. They are roughly in line with the French rates, proposing a flat 1% tax on net wealth in excess of €1 million excluding “working farmland, business assets, 20 per cent of the family home and pension pots”.Unlike Sinn Féin’s proposals, the French wealth tax rules do not have an exception for a portion of the family home. Principal and secondary residences as well as rental properties are included in the calculations, demonstrating how property valuation is the primary constituent in France and indeed elsewhere in Europe.Financial investments including stocks and shares are included when calculating wealth, as are bank accounts, jewellery, furniture, cars, motorcycles, boats and aeroplanes. Sinn Féin’s proposals were outlined in last year’s pre-budget submission. Source: samboalAll borrowings undertaken to finance the purchase of a taxable asset are excluded from the wealth tax calculations in France. For example, if Person A has a financial wealth of €800,000 and a home worth €1 million their taxable assets are €1.8 million.However, if they borrowed €600,000 to purchase the home and at the beginning of a tax year they still have €300,000 left to pay on the loan, their taxable assets are €1.5 million.€1,800,000 – €300,000 = €1,500,000 Similarly, Sinn Féin’s proposals are net of all liabilities including mortgages and other debts.Higher income tax rateBut likely where the comparisons have come from are as a result of the much reported 75% higher income tax rate that was a key part of Francois Hollande’s 2012 election campaign.This is the proposal that saw Gerard Depardieu take up residency in Russia and drew the ire of, among others, football clubs in France who argued it would make it impossible for them to compete with other European clubs.But brash actors and pampered footballers weren’t the only ones to have problems with the plans, France constitutional council ruled in late 2012 that the tax was illegal.The problem was that the income tax was levied on individuals rather than households which is how things are done in France. The Government was reluctant to alter the proposals to include households because it would have greatly widened the net and hit people who weren’t origianlly intended. Even non-residents in France are liable for tax on French assets. Source: Ray Tang/REXBut Hollande didn’t give up and managed to push through a much altered verison of the plan which instead put the obligation on companies rather than individuals. Firms are now required to pay the 75 per cent rate on salaries they pay to employees that are over €1 million annually.But, as with the original proposal, the measure was not really designed to raise a significant amount, rather as a symbolical measure to show that higher earners were also contributing to austerity.For example, estimates say that the measure will raise less than €1 billion this year after it’s levied in about 1,500 cases.But perhaps this isn’t the correct comparison to be making, Sinn Féin are suggesting a new third income tax rate of 48% on income earned in excess of €100,000.This is arguably commonplace in France in the form of a 45% rate for households with income over €151,000.Read: Shinnernomics: Opponents call them fantasy, so how realistic are Sinn Féin’s budget proposals? >Read: France introduces 75 per cent income tax rate for millionaires >last_img read more

Cretans celebrate a century of unification

first_imgIt was Sunday 1 December 1913 when the Greek flag was raised on top of the fortress of Firka, on the western side of the harbour of Chania, to announce the unification of Crete with Greece. Last Sunday, on 1 December and 100 years later, Cretans of Victoria gathered to celebrated the anniversary of the unification of their island with Greece. A wreath laying service was held at the monument of the Cretan Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos, at the premises of the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria in Brunswick, attended by community officials and representatives and members of the Pancretan Association and the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria. Honouring the 100th anniversary of unification with their presence were Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, H.E. Eleni Lianidou, GOCMV President Bill Papastergiadis, Mayor of Moreland Mr Lambros Tapinos, president of the World Council of Cretans Tony Tsourdalakis, presidents of Pancretan Association John Nikolakakis and Cretan Brotherhood Dimitris Papadimitriou and others. In his speech, GOCMV President Bill Papastergiadis emphasised that the history of Crete is unbreakably connected with the history of other parts of Greece. “The liberation of Crete is a testimony of battles, starting with the dawn of the revolution of 1821 where thousands of Cretan soldiers took part in the battle for independence and the regeneration of Greece. At the altar of freedom, sacrificed were thousands of Cretans that fuelled the revolution,” President Papastergiadis said. In his speech, Mr Papastergiadis highlighted the fact unknown to many community members, that the first fundraiser ever held in Melbourne by Greek immigrants in 1896 was a fundraiser to support the revolution of Crete. “Then, in 1896, more than 40 of Melbourne’s Greeks gave some financial assistance to the Cretan struggle. This first gathering gave also the idea to set up some Greek community in Melbourne, so after a year the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne was founded. “The struggle for the liberation of Crete was a struggle for all Greeks of the diaspora in that time,” Mr Papastergiadis said. The wreath laying service on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of unification was followed with live music and performances of Cretan dancing groups. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Google Wing Delivers Food Meds to Australians Via Drone

first_img Google’s Project Wing drone delivery service will take to the skies over Australia’s capital “in the coming weeks.”After 18 months of trials, Project Wing—an offshoot of Google parent company Alphabet—earned approval to deliver goods to Canberra residents.“Our service allows customers to order a range of items such as fresh food, hot coffee, or over-the-counter [pharmacist] items on our mobile app, and have them delivered directly to their homes by drone in minutes,” a Wing blog announcement said.Local aviation watchdog Casa this week signed off on the scheme, according to The Guardian, which reported that traffic management, maintenance, pilot training, and operational plans have been examined.“All those safety issues have been assessed so there are no risks to people on the ground, property, or aircraft in the sky, Casa spokesman Peter Gibson told the paper.Approval has been granted with “strict conditions,” including daylight-only operating hours; the drones are banned from crossing major roads, and must maintain a minimum distance from people on the ground.The program is expected to take off soon, starting with 100 eligible homes in the Canberra suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin, before expanding into Harrison and Gungahlin.Launch partners include restaurants Kickstart Expresso, Pure Gelato, Bakers Delight, Guzman Y Gomez, and Jasper + Myrtle chocolatiers, as well as Capital Chemist and Drummond Golf (for all your last-minute putting needs).“Wing strongly believes that by working together with local policymakers, regulators, and communities, we can improve access to services, open up new economic opportunities, and better connect our cities,” the blog said.Potential customers in Gungahlin and local merchants can sign up online for more information.Drone deliveries are gaining popularity around the globe.Last year, one-month-old Joy Nowai became the world’s first child to be given a vaccine delivered by drone to the remote South Pacific island of Vanuatu. And in March, UPS announced a new program to transport medical samples via drone.More on Geek.com:Koala-Spotting Drones Outdo Human ExpertsBoeing Unveils ‘Wingman’ Drone That Could Fly Alongside Fighter JetsYou May Soon Be Able to Fly Drones Over a Crowd, At NightDronestagram Reveals Winners of Drone Photography Contest Stay on target Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals last_img read more

Puel discusses Vardys international future

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel believes Jamie Vardy could still play for England for the next three years.The striker announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday to focus on his family and his club career.However, Puel believes the 31-year-old could have continued to represent his nation.Puel said, according to Sky Sports: “It was, for me, the same thing when he was an international player and he played for us. He can continue a lot for two or three seasons (for England) but it’s his decision and I respect this.”“He is a fantastic player but his first quality is his desire and fighting spirit. He likes running, to win battles and he’s a fantastic player.”“With this good attitude will you perform in the future, of course. Am I surprised? I don’t know, I think it’s personal. The player feels at the moment to stop and to continue his (club) career.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We have to respect this. It’s so difficult to manage a career with his club, his international games, travel, competitions. If he can continue with his club to keep his desire it’s a good choice.”Vardy remains open to a return to help if Southgate suffers an injury crisis – along with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill who has also stepped down – and won 26 caps, scoring seven goals.“We are happy to have Jamie because he is a great player and great goal-scorer who is always there when we need him. I think it is a personal decision for him. I don’t see the benefit of him standing back or not.”“He can be proud he played for the national team and we are proud how he performed at the World Cup in the squad, like the same as Harry.“Having him around full-time is good because the banter will grow, we are happy to have him.”last_img read more

Fire damages Sunnyside home displaces residents

first_imgFire tore through a split-level house Monday evening in the Sunnyside neighborhood, leaving the structure uninhabitable.The fire was reported at 5:22 p.m. at 11505 N.E. 94th St., about a block west of the EastRidge Business Park. According to dispatchers, the caller sounded confused and reported heavy black smoke in the basement.A large column of smoke could be seen from five miles away by Vancouver firefighters in the first arriving engine, said Battalion Chief Dave Seabrook.They arrived to find flames erupting from the east side and rear of the house. The fire had broken most of the windows in the house.After firefighters knocked down the flames from the outside, they moved inside and cut a hole in the roof to ventilate the smoke and remaining hot spots, Seabrook said. The house was so damaged that they had to work carefully, checking for weakened floors.The fire was under control in about 10 minutes.The occupants were able to flee, but medics evaluated two of them for smoke inhalation, Seabrook said; both refused medical treatment.Two dogs also escaped the fire, but one of them, which is blind, wandered back inside. A neighbor who lives up the street took in both dogs, bathing the blind dog that was covered in soot.last_img read more

Trump Signs 15 Trillion Tax Overhaul Into Law

first_imgPhoto via FlickrSix Democrats have introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a long-shot effort that stands little chance in the Republican-led House.THE LATEST on President Donald Trump (all times local):11 a.m.President Donald Trump has signed into law a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package.Trump touted the size of the tax cut, declaring to reporters in the Oval Office before he signed it Friday that “the numbers will speak.”The president said he was going to wait to sign it until after Jan. 1 but changed his mind.The legislation provides generous cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans and smaller ones for the middle class and low-income families.It is the first major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws since 1986, but far from the largest tax cuts in American history as the president claims. Politically, it marks the Republicans’ first major legislative accomplishment of Trump’s presidency.Some estimates say the cuts could add to the nation’s soaring deficit.___10:30 a.m.President Donald Trump says he’s getting ready to sign into law a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package. It provides generous cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans and smaller ones for the middle class and low-income families.Trump tweeted that he’ll sign the law in the Oval Office before jetting off to his Florida estate for Christmas.It is the first major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws since 1986, but far from the largest tax cuts in American history as the president claims. Politically, it marks the Republicans’ first major legislative accomplishment of Trump’s presidency.Some estimates say the cuts could add to the nation’s soaring deficit. Sharelast_img read more

MSU to Rename College of Liberal Arts After James Gilliam Jr

first_imgJames H. Gilliam Jr. was a prominent lawyer, financier, humanitarian and Morgan State University graduate. That’s why the school will name its College of Liberal Arts after him on May 11.James H. Gilliam Jr. was a lawyer, financier, humanitarian and Morgan State University graduate. (Courtesy Photo)“Morgan’s liberal arts programs have cultivated many high achievers over our 150-year history, and James H. Gilliam Jr. was one of the most outstanding of those alumni,” said Morgan President David Wilson, in a statement. “We are proud to celebrate his vision, his generosity and his work in the broader community with this dedication during our sesquicentennial year.”Gilliam earned his B.A. degree in English in 1967 at Morgan. He then went to Columbia University for Law. He practiced law in New York and Delaware as well as served as Secretary of Community Affairs and Economic Development in then Delaware Gov. Pierre S. du Pont IV’s administration.In 2000, Gilliam, along with his wife Linda G.J. Gilliam, who is currently a Morgan regent, created a $1.5 million fine arts endowment at Morgan in honor of Gilliam’s mother and his father. The James H. Gilliam Sr. and Louise Hayley Gilliam Concert Hall in the university’s Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center bears their names.Gilliam died in 2003 at the age of 58.Jake Oliver, CEO and publisher of the AFRO, was a childhood friend and law school classmate of Gilliam. He is expected to offer remarks at the ceremony.last_img read more

Netflix Shareholders Say No to Executive Salaries Stock Options

first_img ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 The compensation of chief product officer Greg Peters grew from a combined $12.6 million in 2018 to $16.8 million in cash and stock options in 2019, while the company’s new chief financial officer Spencer Neumann is going to receive roughly twice as much in cash and stock in 2019 as its predecessor David Wells did in 2018.Netflix justified its executive compensation by telling shareholders that it was “designed to attract and retain outstanding performers,” and tailored to each position and executives’ performance, as opposed to the overall performance of the company.It is not uncommon for shareholders to vote against company proposals or recommendations, and companies frequently structure their corporate governance in ways that make these votes all but inconsequential. To change this, Netflix shareholders have for years voted to allow for simple majority votes on corporate matters. Last week, the same proposal won once again by a wide margin. And just like in previous years, Netflix is likely going to ignore the result of that non-binding vote.Netflix shareholders have frequently protested such moves by withholding votes from board members. Last week, they withheld the majority of votes from each of the four board candidates up for election. Since all four were running unopposed, they still all got their board seat. Netflix did change its bylaws in April to make it easier for shareholders to nominate their own candidates.The disapproval of the company’s executive compensation plans is still notable, because shareholders were happy to approve the checks written to executives in years past. In 2018, shareholders approved of the company’s compensation plans with 61% of their votes. In previous years, those approval ratings were even higher. Popular on Variety Related ×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 Netflix shareholders aren’t okay with the amount of money the company is spending on its senior executives: A slim majority of shareholders voted down the company’s executive officer compensation plan at its most recent shareholder meeting last week, Netflix revealed in a regulatory filing Wednesday.“The Board will consider the results and act in what it believes to be the best interest of shareholders,” a Netflix spokesperson told Variety Wednesday.Altogether, 158,660,749 votes were cast against the company’s proposal, while 158,469,887 votes supported Netflix’s compensation plans — a difference of just 190,862 votes. The vote is non-binding, so Netflix execs will likely still get the paycheck they were promised for 2019.Late last year, Netflix revealed plans to pay its CEO Reed Hastings and its chief content officer Ted Sarandos around $31.5 million in combined salary and stock option grants. This represents an increase of 7% for Hastings, while Sarandos saw his compensation go up by 20%.last_img read more