Not afraid of Paks nuclear threat: Jitendra

first_imgJammu, May 31 (PTI) Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said India is not afraid of any threat by Pakistans nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan and that “we are prepared to tackle everything”.”We are not afraid of any such threat and we are prepared to tackle everything,” Singh told reporters, reacting to Khans remarks that Pakistan could target New Delhi anytime.He said that the central government has taken cognisance of the threat made by the Pakistan nuclear scientist.”Nuclear armed Pakistan has the ability to target Delhi in five minutes,” Khan had said while addressing a gathering on the 18th anniversary of Pakistans first nuclear test.Replying to a question regarding the return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, Singh said the central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was committed to honourable return and rehabilitation of the community. PTI TSS AB SMNlast_img read more

Knicks Show Off 4 Free Agents

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Arron Afflalo, Robin Lopez, Kyle O’Quinn and Derrick Williams all were handed their white New York Knicks jerseys for the first time, then posed for dozens of photos inside a hotel ballroom.Smiles all around. It’s a good start for the Knicks.The four free-agent acquisitions were introduced in Las Vegas on July 10, all of them convinced of two things: they made the right choice by picking New York, and that a season like this past one where the Knicks finished with the worst record in team history won’t be repeated anytime soon.“They didn’t have to do too much recruiting, man,” Afflalo said. “I wanted to be here. I saw an opportunity to kind of get into a situation where they were looking to rise up again. That’s what you want to be part of, a challenging situation that brings out the best in you.”Afflalo and Lopez figure to be strong candidates to start for the Knicks, Williams could easily get into that mix as well and O’Quinn will probably be backing up Lopez down low.There’s tons of opportunity for all four, which is to be expected considering that the Knicks are coming off a 17-65 season and likely will be changing up more than a few things.“I think playoffs are a possibility,” Lopez said. “I think it’s a little hard to say. Things fluctuate, obviously. It’s hard to say until the ball’s thrown up and the season begins. But I think what’s most important is we have a very good foundation. I think we have a lot of high-character guys.”O’Quinn is a Queens native, and his parents still are there. He learned to play a tough brand of ball there, and said he’ll bring the same to the Knicks.“I’ve got to stick to what got me here: the grittiness, doing the things that nobody tends to want to do every night, dive on the floor, do the dirty work, set a nice screen to get somebody open,” O’Quinn said. “Those are the things I like doing.”Lopez coming to New York will certainly add some more juice to Knicks-Nets games next season — with his brother Brook starting at center for Brooklyn.Brook is the more accomplished player to this point; Robin is the one with the better comic flair, replete with a knack for tackling mascots in just about every NBA arena.For the record, no, he doesn’t plan on taking on the Times Square mascots anytime soon. And he scoffed at a notion that Brook would be letting him live in his attic.“I think he said under the stairs, a la Harry Potter. It’s a very ‘Muggle’ response,” he said, using a term that only Potter fans would understand is one describing someone who lacks magical powers. “I think he’s trying to hinder or suppress whatever mystical abilities I may have. He can’t understand them and I don’t blame him for that.”Later, the quick wit continued when he said playing more against his brother was “intriguing.”“Obviously there’s already a rivalry in place. I think this will spice it up a little bit,” Robin Lopez said. “I have a brother who’s out there living with him and I can see him a little more often. I don’t care about seeing Brook. It’ll make it easier on Mom. There won’t be quite as much traveling.”While quick wit is one thing, the Knicks are probably looking for a quick turnaround.Their goal for the summer was to find help for Carmelo Anthony, the right pieces to start the climb back to the playoffs and maybe the core of something bigger.Afflalo said he’s already embracing the challenge that Madison Square Garden will present.“I love the competitiveness of the fan base,” Afflalo said. “I love the competitiveness of the environment, playing in MSG every night, playing with a familiar teammate like Melo … it was everything I was looking for.”Williams felt the same way. After starting his career in Minnesota and Sacramento, he’s ready for a big market.“I want to play on the biggest stage,” Williams said, “and it can’t get any bigger than the Garden.”The Knicks also announced they had re-signed forward Lance Thomas, who averaged 8.3 points in 40 games last season after signing a 10-day contract in January.(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

3rd ODI: Reeza Hendricks hundred helps South Africa win series vs Sri Lanka

first_imgReeza Hendricks smashed an 89-ball hundred on debut to register the fastest ODI hundred by a debutant and help South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 78 runs at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on Sunday.With the win in the third one day international, South Arica took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Hendricks’s record-breaking fifty, which included eight four and one six, was one of the four South African batsmen to post a 50-plus score as they amassed 363-7.South Africa then returned to bowl out Sri Lanka for 285 in the 46th over to record their third successive victory in the five-match series.Put into bat on a flat track, Hendricks and Hashim Amla, who made a run-a-ball 59, took South Africa past the 100-mark following opener Quinton de Kock’s early dismissal.Thisara Perera (4-75) removed Amla and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis (10) but Hendricks and JP Duminy kept the scoreboard ticking with their 78-run stand.That was about as perfect as you get for a debut @reezahendricks tries his best to sum it up #ProteaFire #SLvSA #Unbelievable pic.twitter.com/lDp746KQTOCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) August 5, 2018Hendricks, who turns 29 this month, hit eight boundaries and a six in his 89-ball 102 before falling to Lahiru Kumara in the 35th over.Duminy clobbered four sixes in his 92 off 70 balls as he and David Miller, who made 51, continued to punish the hosts.The tourists really accelerated towards the end of their innings, plundering 71 runs in the last five overs, to post their highest total in Sri Lanka.advertisementTo accomplish the chase, Sri Lanka needed their top order to fire but that did not happen as Lungi Ngidi (4-57) removed both the openers in his successive overs.Dhananjaya de Silva kept Sri Lanka alive with a belligerent 84 but once he fell in the 42nd over, a ball after smacking his third six, the contest was truly over for his team.The teams stay put in Kandy for the fourth one-day match on Wednesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Arsenal lack ‘cojones’ – Deeney hammers Gunners

first_imgWatford v Arsenal Arsenal lack ‘cojones’ – Deeney hammers Gunners after Vicarage Road collapse Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 05:39 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Watford 14102017 Getty Watford v Arsenal Arsenal Watford Premier League Watford’s club captain helped turn the game around in a win over the Gunners, whose showing did not impress him much Troy Deeney accused Arsenal of showing a lack of “cojones” after they let a one-goal lead slip away to lose 2-1 at Premier League rivals Watford on Saturday.The visitors appeared on course to make it five wins in a row in all competitions thanks to Per Mertesacker’s first-half goal – only to concede twice in a dramatic final 20 minutes at Vicarage Road.Newcastle 7/2 to beat Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Deeney equalised from the spot after Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have fouled Richarlison inside the area, a decision Arsene Wenger branded “scandalous” in his post-match interview .However, Deeney – who also had a hand in his side’s winner, challenging goalkeeper Petr Cech for a loose ball that eventually broke into the path of scorer Tom Cleverley – insisted Arsenal’s failure to hang on had nothing to do with referee Neil Swarbrick’s penalty call.90 – Arsenal have lost to a 90+ minute winner in the Premier League for the first time since January 2012 (Bobby Zamora for Fulham). Stung.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 14, 2017 “I’ve heard Wenger’s already blaming that [the penalty] as the reason they lost,” Watford’s club captain told BT Sport. “Well, I’m not one to tell Mr. Wenger about himself, but the reason they lost wasn’t due to one penalty.”Having a bit of cojones, I think the word is. Whenever I play against Arsenal – and this is just a personal thing – I go up and think ‘let me whack the first one, then we will see who wants it’.”I came on today and jumped up with Mertesacker – I didn’t even have to jump up actually – nodded it down and the crowd gets up. They all just backed off.”For me, as a player, I just think happy days. That’s my strength, so if you’re going to let me do that against you, you’re in for a tough afternoon.”Deeney also had harsh words for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who was guilty of missing a one-on-one chance by shooting straight at Heurelho Gomes.”[They didn’t have] the ruthlessness,” Deeney continued. “I don’t think there’s many top Premier League teams that would have the chance that Ozil had and be so naive and just nonchalant with it.”I’m old-school Arsenal. I loved watching Arsenal, my son’s an Arsenal fan. [Ian Wright] doesn’t miss those. Thierry [Henry] doesn’t miss those. Even [Emmanuel] Petit, [Patrick] Vieira, [Paul Merson]… they’re ruthless.”He missed it and was like ‘Ugh, we’ll get another one’. Unfortunately, this is the Premier League now and everyone’s catching up. You don’t get another one.”last_img read more

Groom Had Awesome Kentucky Basketball Cake For His Wedding Saturday Night

first_imgKentucky cheerleaders on the court at Rupp Arena.LEXINGTON, KY – DECEMBER 10: Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Boise State Broncos at Rupp Arena on December 10, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)It’s a great time to be a Kentucky fan. The Wildcats, who arguably have one of the greatest college basketball teams ever assembled, are sporting a 31-0 record heading into both the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. One UK supporter apparently wanted to celebrate both his upcoming marriage and Wildcats hoops in the same day.Saturday, a meteorologist named T.G. Shuck tweeted out a photo of his friend’s groom’s cake. It’s made in the shape of a basketball with the Kentucky logo and some cut-down netting.@darrenrovell Grooms cake at my best friend’s wedding tonight! 31-0! pic.twitter.com/LbfrcMoEER— T.G. Shuck (@TGweather) March 8, 2015The groom would have quite a year if he both got married and saw his favorite team win the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

Prospector Offshore, Seadrill Finalize Sale and …

first_imgzoom Prospector Offshore Drilling S.A. announced yesterday that the previously announced sale of a subsidiary has been completed.Reference is made to the Company’s announcement on 15 November 2013, regarding the agreement with Seadrill Jack-up Holding Ltd., a subsidiary of Seadrill Limited, for the sale and purchase of  100% of the shares and certain intercompany obligations of Prospector Rig 3 Owning Company S.à r.l., the subsidiary that is party to a rig construction contract with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co.,  Ltd. (“DSIC-Offshore”) the builder of the jack-up drilling rig with Hull No. JU2000E-11 (the “Rig 3 Transaction”).The Rig 3 Transaction has now been completed in accordance with the provisions of the respective sale and purchase agreement. The Company’s aggregate net proceeds from the Rig 3 Transaction are approximately USD 52 million and the Company will recognize an aggregate net gain of approximately USD 28 million based on the first instalment of USD 19.9 million for the shipyard contract with DSIC-Offshore, project management costs, broker commissions, taxes and professional fees.PROS, November 28, 2013last_img read more

KMC to organise rally in city as part of afforestation campaign

first_imgKolkata: As a part its afforestation campaign, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will organise a rally from its headquarter on S N Banerjee road to College Street on June 7, to spread awareness among the people to protect the environment.The programme has been scheduled keeping in the mind the World Environment Day, which actually falls on June 5. Mayor Firhad Hakim will take part in the event. The KMC officials will sow saplings at Chaplin Square situated near the KMC headquarter. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaApart from the KMC officials, students from various schools in the city will also participate in the rally. After sowing the saplings, the rally would start from in front of the civic body’s office and end at College Street. Saplings would also be planted in the College Street area. During the rally, the KMC officials will try to reach out to the people and urge them not to use plastic bags below 15 micron. The civic body has already carried out a number of drives to make people aware against the use of polythene bags, which are causing environmental hazards. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersKMC authorities have already decided to impose fines on those who will be found flouting norms regarding the use of plastic bags. Various shop owners in the city have been instructed not to use plastic bags beyond 15 micron. However, the civic body’s efforts have so far failed to bring a desired result as many were found to have been flouting the guidelines. During a recent review meeting, the drainage department officials at KMC found that plastic bag waste is clogging the sewerage lines along the length and breadth of the city. As a result of this, the accumulated water is not properly discharged during the rainy season. Combating the situation has always been a concern for KMC officials. In a recent meeting, the KMC officials have decided to deal with the situation strongly to check the recurrence of such incidents. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Kolkata had earlier given its ruling, spelling out certain restrictions in this regard. KMC has decided to impose a fine of Rs 50-500 on those who use the banned plastics and Rs 5,000-50,000 for those who burn plastics.last_img read more

Tinpot dictator stuff Calgary mayor attacks Ontario premiers Toronto plan

first_imgCALGARY – The mayor of Calgary says Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plan to cut the number of Toronto city councillors and cancel votes for other municipal elections is “tinpot dictator stuff.”Ford said Friday his Progressive Conservative government will introduce legislation to cut the number of seats to 25 from 47 and cancel planned elections for regional chair positions in several Greater Toronto Area communities. Ford’s announcement came the day nominations for those seats were to close.“For you to say to those folks who put their lives on hold only because they want to do public service, ‘By the way, the job you’re running for doesn’t exist any more’ — that’s unconscionable,” Nenshi said.“That is a direct affront on democracy. That is tinpot dictator stuff.”Nenshi said Toronto city council may have its problems. But changing the rules on nomination day — especially when Ford made no mention of it during his own recent election campaign — is the wrong way to address them.“You don’t do that on nomination day. You don’t do that after you’ve just run an election in which you’ve never mentioned this.”Nenshi also pointed out that one of the cancelled elections was being contested by Patrick Brown, whose resignation as Ontario Progressive Conservative leader opened the door for Ford’s successful bid.“You don’t cancel elections where your political rival was running for an office.”Nenshi urged Toronto Mayor John Tory to fight the proposed legislation, because it could ultimately affect all Canadian mayors.“I would strongly suggest and support Mayor Tory in saying we’ve got to find a legal answer to what the limits of provincial authority are here.“It’s not just for Toronto. It’s for all of us.”(CHQR, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Help Ashanti Bring Her New Music Video To Life With Water

first_imgIn a first of its kind program, GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Ashanti has released her newest single, “Let’s Go,” but needs fans’ help to bring it to life.Until fans hydrate the song with digital water by using the hashtag #DrinkUpAshanti on social media, the song is low-fi and the video is stripped down. The more donations, the better the sound and sharper the video, until it’s ready for everyone to download and enjoy.This collaboration is Ashanti’s latest work with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and its Drink Up effort, which encourages everyone to drink more water more often.“With their hard work and creativity, groups like Drink Up have encouraged people across the country to drink more water, and they have helped increase demand for — and sales of — healthier products,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “From talking fountains to surfing competitions and now through partnerships with artists like Ashanti, Drink Up is proving that if we promote healthier options in fun and exciting ways, and make those options affordable and accessible for families, we can continue to make the healthy choice the easy choice.”By using the hashtag #DrinkUpAshanti, anyone can help replenish the single and music video, which are available at DrinkUpAshanti.com. The more often the hashtag appears on Instagram or Twitter, the more ‘hydrated’ the single becomes, until eventually the complete song is released.Simultaneously, the song’s video will transform from a black, white and gray color scheme to a gorgeous, richly colored palette that features flowers created by the aggregated tweets. Fans will also be able to go on DrinkUpAshanti.com and see which aspects of the video their tweets brought to life.“I love that my song is being used to encourage people to make a really easy choice: drinking more water every day,” Ashanti said. “It’s even more rewarding when it’s being done in a creative, positive way. Drinking water is in … it’s just cool and sexy. You are what you drink, so drink up. It’s also a pleasure to work with the First Lady again to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.”Previously, Ashanti lent her talents to Partnership for a Healthier America by participating in an album titled, Songs for a Healthier America released in 2014.Led by PHA, Drink Up was launched in 2013 to encourage people to drink more water more often. “Let’s Go” will be released in four phases, from dehydrated to hydrated. Each time someone uses the hashtag, they will be able to see and hear the results of their contribution. The song will fill in little by little, and once fully hydrated, it will be released for sale on iTunes.“This collaboration with Ashanti is a whole new way for a brand and an artist to work together, and we are looking forward to seeing how quickly Ashanti’s fans can make her newest single drop,” said Drew Nannis, PHA’s chief marketing officer.The #DrinkUpAshanti social campaign and music video have been created by ad agencies Y&R (Young & Rubicam) and VML New York.For more information about Ashanti, visit: ashantithisisme.com. For more information about Drink Up, visit www.YouAreWhatYouDrink.orglast_img read more

Site C battle splashes in Edmonton

first_imgChris StewartAPTN National NewsThe construction of BC Hydro’s Site C Dam cleared a major hurdle this summer after approval of some permits by Ottawa.Treaty 8 members from B.C. and Alberta, however, are continuing their opposition to the massive project they say will damage their water supply.Now a group whose goal is to protect water in Canada has joined the fight.last_img

Israel Forces Kill 1 Palestinian Injure Dozens at AntiIsrael Protests

Rabat – Israeli troops killed a Palestinian protesters and injured at least 63 others during demonstrations against Israeli occupation on Friday,  September 27.The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that Israeli forces shot 32 injured victims during the protests.The Palestinian demonstrators rallied yesterday, September 27, as  part of weekly anti-Israel protesters known as the Great March of Return. Read Also: Moroccan Official: Israeli’s Violations Against Palestine Constitute ‘Constant Source of Tension’The protest campaign has been running since March 2018.Israeli forces fired tear gas and live gunshots at the protesters to prevent them from reaching the fence of the borders.Israeli forces have killed more than 200  protesters, while thousands others have sustained injuries since March 2018.Several Arab states, including Morocco have been condemning Israeli violations against Palestinians.Earlier this month, Morocco’s government urged the members of the United Nations Security Council to take concrete steps to end Israeli violations against the legitimate rights of Palestinians.On September 15, Secretary of State to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Mounia Boucetta said at the emergency meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that the persistent violations by the Israeli authorities “undermine the two-state solution and hinder international efforts to revive the peace process.”Boucetta added that Israel’s violations against the legitimate rights of Palestinians constitute a “constant source of tension, extremism, hatred, and instability” in the Middle East. read more

Amid improved security more UN aid workers return to Afghanistan

“UN staff began returning on Saturday and Sunday to Kabul after a security assessment that flew in to Bagram air base early Saturday morning,” spokesperson Stephanie Bunker told reporters in Islamabad.The UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mike Sackett, along with other senior UN relief officials in Kabul, visited relief offices and addressed their staff. Ms. Bunker said that with the security situation improving, the UN planned to send more international staff back as soon as possible. “National Afghan staff are already working, including women,” she noted. The UN is using the Bagram air base pending a mine assessment of the Kabul airport, according to Antonio Donini, Deputy Coordinator in the UN Coordinator’s Office.Afghans returning to areas such as Kandahar and villages to the north may encounter dangers from mines or ordnance, according to Mr. Donini. UN mine action staff today began a special training programme aimed at enabling them to survey, identify and mark off sub-munitions and ordnance. The situation in Kabul was reported to be “relatively calm, but fragile,” he said, with buses moving and trucks reportedly travelling from Peshawar into Afghanistan as far as Jalalabad. Security assessments of UN offices in Kabul revealed that at least eight vehicles and seven radios were missing. An assessment of Mazar-i-Sharif, meanwhile, found large-scale looting, with the UN having reportedly lost “all vehicles, radios, and communications equipment” in that city, Mr. Domini said. read more

Ebola response panel studying ways to enforce compliance with key UN legal

“In many countries, even in the Ministry of Health… sometimes the regulations about the International Health Regulations are not well known, so I think that there is a question of information communication, there is a question of capacities, there is a question of compliance to the rules; that’s very important,” said Didier Houssin, newly-elected Chair of the Review Committee on the Role of International Health Regulations in the Ebola Outbreak and Response.The 68th World Health Assembly in May 2015 set a mandate for a Review Committee on response to the Ebola outbreak, which has claimed more than 11,300 lives to date mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, to recommend steps to improve the functioning, transparency, effectiveness and efficiency of the regulations, and to strengthen preparedness and response for future emergencies with health consequences.In a press conference after the committee’s two-day meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Mr. Houssin said the review will divided by three working groups – one on communications to define the flow of information from the World Health Organization (WHO) to member States, a second to address capacities, epidemiology, points of entry, surveillance and a third to evaluate member states’ compliance to rules and governance of international health regulations.“The International Health Regulations…are a very important legal instrument in order to improve the global health security; that’s an instrument for public health to protect the health of the population in the world and it’s existing since several decades and it has been modified in 2005,” Mr. Houssin said. “And, of course, it has strengths and weaknesses and, recently, the Ebola outbreak suggested that probably there were things to improve in these Regulations.”He said the committee requested from the WHO to inform it about the various methods of compliance which can be used in international laws, Mr. Houssin said.“In some sectors, for example, there is almost no imposition, nothing imperative; for example, human rights,” he said. “On the other hand, you have, at the other extreme, weapons and nuclear activities where there are sanctions, controls [and] inspections. Well, with the International Health Regulations there is no sanction but we observe that there is not a good compliance.”“So, we have to find the right balance and probably encouraging mechanisms, incentives, publicity, transparency, benchmarking are the ways that we will explore but at this stage it’s too early to say what will be our recommendation,” he said.“We are going to explore all the possibilities,” he said.He said the recommendations are expected to be presented to the next World Health Assembly that is in May 2016.In her opening address to the committee, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said on Monday that “the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak likely represents our best chance ever to transform the world’s response to epidemics and other health emergencies.” read more

Two men targeted in homophobic knife attack by young boys in Liverpool

Two men were targeted in a homophobic knife attack by young boys as charities urge the public to “take action and to come out for LGBT people”.The men, aged in their 30s and who have not been identified, were approached by three boys aged 12-15 who made homophobic insults towards them before one of them produced a knife and assaulted the men.One of the victims sustained injuries to his head and neck described as serious but non-life threatening while the second sustained a minor hand injury. The incident occurred in Liverpool on Saturday night as the two men were walking home. Both were taken to hospital for treatment and were left incredibly shaken by the incident.A scene remains in place on Manningham Road and extensive enquiries are ongoing in the area as Merseyside police launched a hunt for the attackers and urged any witnesses or people with CCTV or dashcam footage to come forward.Detective Inspector Tara Denn said: “This was an appalling and unprovoked attack on two men simply making their way home and we are working tirelessly to locate those responsible. 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. “Two men have been left with significant injuries tonight and the hate and violence that has been inflicted on them is simply unacceptable and won’t be tolerated on the streets of Merseyside. Laura Russell, the charity’s director of campaigns, policy and research, said: “We’re still not living in a society where every LGBT person is free to be themselves and live without fear of discrimination and abuse.“From our research into hate crime, we know that four in five anti-LGBT hate crimes go unreported, with younger people particularly reluctant to go to the police. That’s why we’re working with police services across Britain and the Crown Prosecution Service to better support LGBT people reporting abuse.”She added: “However there is more all of us can to do to make sure attacks like this no longer happen.  We need people who believe in equality to take action and to come out for LGBT people. If you want a society where everyone feels safe, do something about it today and support LGBT charities, communities and your LGBT friends and family.” “There is absolutely no place for hate crime in society and we know how much of a massive impact it has on victims. I want to reach out to the LBGT community, who I know will be deeply saddened by this news, and reassure you that we stand with you and if you report such incidents to the police, we will do our utmost to support and protect you and bring those responsible to justice.”The knife attack comes after earlier this month two women were subjected to a homophobic attack which left them covered in blood after they refused to kiss on a bus.Melania Geymonat, 28, said the attack on her and her partner, Chris, happened while they were on a London night bus travelling to Camden Town.A group of young men began harassing them when they discovered the women were a couple, asking them to kiss while making sexual gestures. When they refused they were physically attacked. An image of the bloodied couple went viral on social media.Stonewall, the leading LGBT rights charity, said that the attack in Merseyside marks the third serious incident to make headlines this pride month and is yet “another upsetting reminder of how much we still have to do for LGBT equality”. read more

Hungary MKB Veszprem go on a winter break with a victory

csaszarFTCFTC PLERgulyasivancsiknagyperezpesicplerschuchveszprem ← Previous Story France (Round 13): PSG Handball finishes first part of the season without losing points Next Story → Eduardo Gallardo submits Argentina’s provisional list for Spain 2013 After a really successful half season the MKB‘s players are waiting for the holidays and the other trainings with the national teams for the World Championship. After the last match in the Hungarian Championship against FTC – PLER KC, the Veszprémer guys are ready to have resort with well-deserved rest. Veszprém played on a lower activity, but after all PLER had no chance to keep the two points on the home field in Budapest. MKB won the match 36:23. Congratulations to MKB Veszprém KC and wish a merry christmas for every player and a same fabulous second season.The goalscorers: Péter Gulyás 2, Gergő Iváncsik 6, Timuzsin Schuch 1, Gábor Császár 7, Tamás Iváncsik 4, Carlos Perez 6, László Nagy 3, Iman Jamali 1, Zivan Pesic 1, Renato Sulic 5.”TEXT: Tóth Balázs read more

Blue Upgrades the Mikey

first_imgBlue Microphones announced the second generation Mikey iPod/iPod Touch/iPhone microphone back in June, but it seems to have been delayed several months. We’ll it’s here now–just about. On Monday the 15th, you’ll be able to get Mikey 2G at Amazon or Apple.com for $79.99. The original earned a lot of fans as a plug-and-play mic for Apple devices that was able to record CD-quality sound. Now the second generation upgrades the first with improved circuitry for better recording at higher volumes. It also now features a 3.5mm line-input for direct recording from sources like a guitar or mixer.The Mikey 2G offers a 230-degree range of adjustability with seven positions. That means you can position it perfectly for whatever you’re recording: a lecture, voice notes, live music, interviews, or anything else. It also now comes with a carrying case. Like the original, it offers stereo condenser capsules and three selectable gain settings. Note that it doesn’t work with the iPad or iPhone 4, which use different input technology. Blue says an updated version is coming. But when?  AdChoices广告last_img read more

Book returned to Tralee Library 67 years late

first_img Friday 2 Dec 2016, 10:43 PM Dec 2nd 2016, 10:43 PM By Órla Ryan Book returned to Tralee Library 67 years late The borrower avoided a €1,200 fine. 17,264 Views 14 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Share153 Tweet Email A BOOK HAS been returned to Tralee Library 67 years late.Kerry Library has been running a fines amnesty and in a statement said: “It’s never too late to return a book to the library.” Short URL Source: Twitter Source: TwitterAnyone who returns an overdue book this week won’t be fined.The borrower who returned Ruby of a Thousand Dreams 67 years late avoided a €1,200 fine.Read: Liveblog: The Late Late Toy Show 2016Read: Leo Varadkar tells Willie O’Dea to “chill” over his new DJ job http://jrnl.ie/3117462 last_img read more

Domestic abuse service helped 76 women and 100 children in 24 hours

first_img Apr 5th 2019, 9:20 AM Share182 Tweet Email File photo 7,344 Views Short URL A DOMESTIC ABUSE support service helped 76 women and 100 children over a 24-hour period.Aoibhneas, which is based in Dublin, today released the results of a one-day census to mark its 30th anniversary.The census was conducted from 9am on 24 January to 9am on 25 January 2019.In just 24 hours, 76 women accessed direct support through refuge (nine), outreach service (55) and the helpline (12).In the same time frame, 100 children received direct or indirect support through refuge (19), outreach service (80) and the helpline (one).Despite receiving three crisis referrals from women seeking refuge, Aoibhneas was in a position to only accommodate one family.As a result of this, at 12.30am on 24 January a woman and child were admitted to the refuge. Aoibhneas also welcomed six children into the refuge, these children were reunited with their mother who was already resident in the service.In any one day the organisation said it takes on a wide range of interventions.On the day in question this included emotional support, practical support, child-related support, safety supports, court preparation and accompaniment, therapeutic group support, developmental play, breakfast club, play therapy and art therapy.Representatives from the service accompanied three families access legal and safety supports by separately accompanying them to court, a garda station and a solicitor’s appointment.18 different nationalitiesOn 24 January, 18 different nationalities were supported across the service including three women who do not satisfy the habitual residence condition and therefore have no access to payments or housing.Community education and training form part of Aoibhneas’ outreach service to promote best practice care and to help change societal attitudes to support a reduction in domestic abuse. On this day, the organisation conducted onsite domestic abuse training with nine public health nurses. Source: AoibhneasEmma Reidy, Aoibhneas’ manager, said the figures show a service will like “is very much needed”.Reidy said the refuge operates at capacity and the organization has to turn away an average of 400 families every year. https://jrnl.ie/4577868 By Órla Ryan File photo Image: Shutterstock/lola1960 6 Comments Domestic abuse service helped 76 women and 100 children in 24 hours Every year Aoibhneas has to turn away 400 families seeking refuge. Friday 5 Apr 2019, 9:20 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/lola1960 We are actively seeking access to step-down accommodation to facilitate our holding on to families for longer periods after completing a refuge stay to promote continued recovery and healing within our service.Cristina Santamaria, chairperson of Aoibhneas’ board of directors, said the organisation is committed to finding “long-term solutions that promote women and children to live without the fear or threat of abuse in their homes”.Aoibhneas was established 30 years ago in a three-bedroom flat in Ballymun and is now the largest refuge in the Dublin area, providing crisis accommodation to 10 families at any one time in a purpose-built facility in Coolock.As well as refuge provision, Aoibhneas now operates a 24-hour helpline and a range of community-based supports including education and training, an outreach service, an accompaniment service, a drop-in service, a childcare service and a post-refuge support service.More information about its services can be read here.Need help? Support is available: If you have been affected by domestic abuse and would like to talk, contact the below numbers or visit SafeIreland.ie.Aoibhneas: 01 867 0701Women’s Aid: 1800 341 900Amen (for men): 046 902 3718last_img read more

Unions strike for ERT

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Athens Journalists’ Union (ESIEA) called a 48-hour strike from 6 a.m. on Wednesday on TV and radio stations to protest the closure of state broadcaster ERT.ESIEA said newspaper journalists would strike on Thursday for 24 hours.There was also a six-hour stoppage on TV and radio on Tuesday after the government announced it would closing ERT and later opening a new broadcaster with fewer employees.Despite the signal to ERT’s TV channels being lost shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday, employees at the broadcasters headquarters in Athens and Thessaloniki refused to leave the buildings and managed to resume broadcasts via digital TV and the Internet.The Communist Party (KKE) also offered the frequency of its TV station, 902, to rebroadcast ERT’s programs.Thousands of people protesting the broadcaster’s closure had gathered outside ERT’s headquarters in northeastern Athens.A number of political leaders, including SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras and Independent Greeks’ Panos Kammenos, visited the building to express their solidarity with the protestors.The European Federation of Journalists condemned the decision to shut down ERT. “These plans are simply absurd,” said EFJ president Mogens Blicher-Bjerregård. “It will be a major blow to democracy, to media pluralism and to journalism as a public good in Greece, thus depriving citizens from their right to honest, level-headed and unbiased information. But it will also mean the loss of many journalists’ jobs across the country.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

100000 to support Childrens Festival

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Children’s Festival will benefit from $100,000 over four years thanks to the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams said he was delighted to be supporting the event attended by more than 10,000 people each year.“The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government will continue to support the Children’s Festival, which brings together more than 35 youth groups from diverse backgrounds,” Mr Williams said.“It has been a pleasure to attend the Children’s Festival, and I look forward to joining in on the celebrations with the community again in the future.”Liberal Candidate for East Hills Wendy Lindsay said the funding demonstrated the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s commitment to supporting multicultural communities.“It is a wonderful opportunity for our youth to share their talents and culture with the broader NSW community,” Ms Lindsay said.“This funding will ensure there is a strong future for the Children’s Festival and the event will benefit small businesses and the local tourism economy.”Children’s Festival President Thuat Nguyen OAM, welcomed the funding announcement.“This is great news for the Children’s Festival. The funding will support us to meet the costs of staging the festival and help hire cleaners to maintain the ovals, and parking marshals to monitor the car park and surrounding streets,” Mr Nguyen said.The festival is held annually in Sydney, Bankstown and Campbelltown.Over the last year, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has provided more than $23 million to multicultural communities.last_img read more