The opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is suspicious about the motives behind government moves to hold elections in the Northern Province.JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the election is a sinister attempt by the government to grab full control over the north like it has already done in the South. He said holding Northern Provincial Council elections is not the solution for the Tamil issue and instead their rights should be secured through the constitution. Addressing the  media today the JVP MP said that the government has clearly failed to address Tamil issues particularly in the north. Dissanayake also said that the government is using former LTTE officials like Kumaran Pathmanathan and Daya Master while those who were forced to work under them are still in prison.The MP said that he had met a former LTTE cadre in prison who claims to have been arrested as he possessed an LTTE ID card which had the signature of Daya Master.“Yet Daya Master, who had authorized that ID card is a free man,” the JVP MP said. (Colombo Gazette) He says the militarization of the north, four years after the war, shows that the government is not looking out for the welfare of the Tamils.The JVP MP said that the government has failed to address issues faced by Tamils in the north and get all communities together but instead has taken actions which has seen the relationship between communities drift apart. read more

The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — British Columbia collected $115 million in the 2018-19 fiscal year from homeowners who paid the province’s speculation and vacancy tax.As of Sept. 3, it says almost 12,000 homeowners were paying the tax, which targets people who own vacant property in B.C.The province says more than 1.6 million tax declarations have been filed and its data shows 99.8 per cent of British Columbians are exempt from the levy.Of those paying the tax, the province says just over 4,500 were foreign owners, about 3,000 were classified as satellite families, some 1,500 were Canadians living outside the province, and about 2,400 were B.C. residents.Finance Minister Carole James is scheduled to meet in Vancouver today with mayors from communities where the tax is applied to discuss potential changes this fall.The tax is applied in communities in and around Victoria and Vancouver, as well as other areas that have had hot housing markets including Kelowna and Nanaimo.Several communities have called on James to eliminate the tax or offer exemptions because they say it hurts development and punishes homeowners with second properties. The tax rate for 2018 was 0.5 per cent of the assessed value for all properties, rising to two per cent in 2019 for foreign owners and so-called satellite families, while Canadian citizens or permanent residents continue to pay 0.5 per cent. Satellite families are defined as those that earn most of their income outside of Canada.The government says the average assessed home value of properties that are subject to the tax is $1.45 million.James said the money collected from the tax will be used to help fund affordable housing projects in the communities where it is applied.“Our government inherited a province at the peak of a housing crisis and committed to tackling this crisis head-on,” James said in a news release. “The speculation and vacancy tax is helping to make sure homes are being used for people, not speculation or money laundering.” read more

NTSB: Southwest jet’s nose gear made contact with NYC runway before main landing gear by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2013 6:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Federal investigators say it appears the nose gear of a Southwest Airlines jet that made a hard landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport hit the ground before the main landing gear.The finding was released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday.Sixteen passengers suffered minor injuries during Flight 345’s landing Monday. The plane was coming from Nashville, Tenn.A spokeswoman for Southwest said the landing described by the NTSB was “not in accordance” with operating procedures.The NTSB had said Wednesday that the landing gear “collapsed rearward and upward into the fuselage, damaging the electronics bay that houses avionics.”Investigators recovered the flight data and cockpit voice recorders on Tuesday. They’ll be analyzed by the NTSB.___Online: read more

first_imgEd Balls is ready to P.A.R.T.YCredit:BBC “The difference is that the contestants my age then go home and go to bed, and the young celebrities go down to Camden or Central London and I think go through to the morning.”Really sadly, they’ve not invited me. I don’t know what it is. “I mean, there’s like this awkward moment about midnight and people sort of slip out and I sort of stand there and nobody really says goodbye because they all want to leave without people noticing. It’s really tragic.” Tameka Empson with her dance partner Gorka Marquez Melvin Odoom and Janette ManraraCredit:BBC Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara Strictly Come Dancing voting patterns could be the result of racism, Greg Rutherford has said, as he admits fears that ethnic minority contestants have been discriminated against cannot be ruled out. Fans of the show have previously cried foul over the elimination of Naga Munchetty, Martin Odoom and Tameka Empson, warning the voting public was failing to get behind the show’s black and minority ethnic celebrities.It follows years of suspicion over voting patterns, after non-white contestants appeared to be ejected from the show despite receiving higher marks than their rivals. Rumours of racism influencing the public Strictly vote have blighted the show for years, with an almost annual discussion of voting patterns in the early rounds.The BBC has previously pointed out that the show has featured a black or mixed race winner or runner-up in all but three of the 13 previous series.“Judges judge the dancing and the dancing alone, not anything else,” a spokesman has said.  Ed Balls would like to take his new dancing skills out on the townCredit:BBC  Greg Rutherford with dance partner Natalie LoweCredit:BBC He added hopefully:  “Maybe tomorrow night’s the night? I wouldn’t mind doing it once. I’m going to talk to them. Stop excluding me!”The former politician also disclosed he had scheduled in his first spray tan of the series, having previously vowed not to fall for the all-glittering Strictly outfits. Strictly Come Dancing is aired on BBC One on Saturday at 6.35pm. “I’d like to think the British public are better than that but I honestly don’t know.  It’s entertainment, and that’s just not my world.”In athletics it doesn’t matter what colour you are, it’s just how high you jump or fast you run.”But unless you bring in every single person who voted and ask them ‘Are you racist?’ you can’t rule it out.” Ed Balls would like to take his new dancing skills out on the town  Greg Rutherford with dance partner Natalie Lowe Pasha Kovalev and Naga Munchetty Rutherford, who remains in the competition, has now said it is impossible to rule out racism as a factor, as others call the row “ludicrous”.Rutherford, who remains in the competition, told the Mirror:  “I can’t say it’s not racism, but mainly because it’s not my world. Pasha Kovalev and Naga MunchettyCredit:BBC Contestants from the 2016 series were today engaged in interviews ahead of the Saturday night show, with Rutherford confessing he had struggled to take on a sport he does not naturally excel in.Ed Balls, meanwhile, appeared on the Radio 1 breakfast show to share his anxieties after being left out of nights out by his younger celebrity rivals. “You don’t finish [filming] until 11 o’clock at night, and luckily there’s a tent with a bar so you can finally chill out,” he told host Nick Grimshaw of the weekly schedule. 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. Bruno Tonioli, the show’s judge, has previously said: “The so-called ‘racism row’ over Melvin, then Tameka leaving is ludicrous.”This series is so competitive every vote makes a difference. If you don’t vote you can’t moan when someone you love leaves.”Gethin Jones, who is co-host of Strictly Come Dancing‘s spin-off It Takes Two, said of the row: “I think that’s all just a bit of madness that’s got out of hand.“You can’t blame the show because it’s a public vote.” Tameka Empson with her dance partner Gorka MarquezCredit:BBC Ed Balls is ready to P.A.R.T.Ylast_img read more

first_imgUnited Sistema de Tuberias Limitada, a Chilean subsidiary of Insituform Technologies’ United Pipeline Systems division has been awarded a $10.3 million contract to install its Tite Liner® system in mining pipelines at Minera Candelaria, owned by Freeport-McMoRan Mining Company (FMI), located near Copiapo, Chile. In 2010, FMI has awarded United Sistema de Tuberias over $16.5 million in contracts, including a $6 million project at El Abra Minera, announced last July. Dorwin Hawn, Insituform’s Senior Vice President, Energy and Mining, said, “It is an exciting year for United Sistema de Tuberias. Contracts such as this, which is the largest contract award to date for Tite Liner in South America, position United to have another record-breaking year. “Our General Manager, Sr. Roberto Ogarrio and his team spent two years working with FMI on the details of this project. We look forward to continuing our relationship with FMI.”This project will install over 22.5 km of Tite Liner in 610 mm pipelines used to transport sanitary pre-treated water and sea water, marking the largest Tite Liner installation in an aqueduct ever completed. The mine is located in extremely difficult desert and mountainous terrain. The installation of Tite Liner will help preserve and protect scarce water resources at the mine and at the nearby community of Copiapo.Hatch Engineering is in charge of the design and management of this project and worked with United Sistema de Tuberias to design the project using Tite Liner as an effective method to resist internal abrasion and corrosion in pipelines. Work on the project is expected to be completed in March 2011.United Pipeline Systems is a global leader in providing high-density polyethylene (HDPE) lining systems for internal pipeline protection. United has constructed and internally lined more than 13,000 km of pipelines on six continents since 1985. United developed the Tite Liner system, which protects steel pipelines from a variety of chemicals and abrasives through a broad range of temperatures and pressures.Insituform Technologies is a global leader in pipeline protection. Insituform provides proprietary technologies and services for rehabilitating sewer, water, energy and mining piping systems and the corrosion protection of industrial pipelines.last_img read more

The Men’s EHF Cup coming to the latest stage of Main Round in which two matches before the end is still a lot of open questions. SC Magdeburg are already qualified for the Final4 as the host team, but “Gladiators” showing great performance week by week and currently are on 100% after four matches.It will be interesting to see which team will be the worst among second placed in all four groups, which means that won’t play at EHF Cup quarter-finals this season.Second placed team in a moment:Nexe 6Fuchse Berlin 6Granollers 5Silkeborg 4RESULTS AND STANDINGSGroup ASKA Minsk – Silkeborg 27:26 Magdeburg – Tatran PreSov 36:24 STANDINGS:Magdeburg 8Silkeborg 4SKA Minsk 3Tatran Presov 1Group BSaint Raphael – Lugi 28:26 Fuchse Berlin – Anaitasuna 34:23 Standings: Saint Raphael 8Fuchse Berlin 6Anaitasuna 2Lugi 0Group CFA Goppingen – Cocks 33:27 Nexe – Koper 2013 29:24Standings: FA Goppingen 8Nexe 6Koper 2013 2Cocks 0Group DGranollers – Wacker Thun 25:24 Chambery – Azoti Pulawy 28:22 Standings:Chambery 7Granollers 5Wacker Thun 2Azoti Pulawy 2 Men’s EHF Cup ← Previous Story Klaus Gärtner to overtake HC Alpla Hard Next Story → “NEW CROATIA”: Cervar makes completely new coaching staff read more

first_imgNEW GUIDELINES ON family reunification applications in the immigration system have been published.The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, said they are intended to “provide for greater transparency in the immigration decision making process”.The Minister said that the purpose of the document is to “set out a comprehensive statement of Irish national immigration policy in the area of family reunification”.More comprehensive and transparent guidelines are necessary to assist applicants and decision makers in this area, he added, saying:It is important that those contemplating applying to come to Ireland for the purposes of family reunification do so under clearly stated guidelines.He clarified that the guidelines don’t create new rights of family reunification. Instead, they provide greater detail “on how the Minister’s discretion is intended to be applied”.It is intended that the new policies will start to inform decision making from the beginning of 2014. The department said that the various administrative changes and recommendations set out in the document will take longer to roll out. These changes will include a new pre-clearance process for those who are not visa required.It is proposed to establish a central specialist family settlement unit to which all applications for reunification would be referred.The document also looks at the issue of parentage of an Irish citizen child, and reunification, and says that it is intended as a matter of general policy “to grant immigration permission where the parent can demonstrate that an active and continuous involvement in the citizen child’s life, providing real emotional and/or financial support”.The Minister concluded:The State must strike the correct balance between the understandable aspiration of people to come here to join their families and the economic and social interests of the State in general.The document is available on the Department’s website.Ireland’s family reunification policy has been criticised by the Migrant Integration Policy Index, which said that it is the worst such policy in Europe or North America.The Immigrant Council of Ireland has said it hopes that 2014 will see the introduction of legislation eliminating Ministerial discretion in applications for visas.Read:Immigrant families will be ‘torn apart this Christmas’>last_img read more

first_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 13 Comments Take me to Fora Image: Shutterstock 14,847 Views Top Irish PR body seeks to curb rogue ‘influencers’ being paid to sell products and not admitting it The PRII will host a round table with bloggers to create clear guidelines on disclosing payments. Source: ShutterstockShe said readers “aren’t silly” and will realise that if a product is noticeably absent from a blog, it’s because the influencer dislikes it.The Irish Blogger Agency, which launched in September and so far signed up around 100 influencers, has stressed with its members that “any exchange of money is advertising” and must be disclosed as such in a post by using clear hashtags.Carroll said there is no definitive blueprint for influencers on how they should handle gifts and payments and said she would like to “align with the PRII” and “see the standard of blogging being elevated in Ireland”.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Image: Shutterstock Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Source: PRIIConsumer protectionThe PRII, which has just under 1,000 members on its books, has lobbied in the past for consumer protection laws to be updated to reflect new media.According to a recent return on, the group wanted the laws to be amended “so that it is clear that social media influencers are captured in the prohibition on advertising content being passed off as editorial”.When asked whether he was still looking for the law to be changed, Carroll said he wasn’t – but he also noted that there is an ongoing review of the European legislation.He added that he was satisfied with the response from politicians that existing laws covered both influencers and traditional media.“It doesn’t need to be done, but our position of it is if they are reforming the legislation, they should call (influencers) out anyway so that everybody fully understands (the law).”Carroll said that the PRII’s new guidelines are there to help PR professionals navigate any grey areas on behalf of their clients.“If somebody asks (a blogger) for a certain amount of money to write a positive review, but they don’t want to declare that, our guidelines enable our members to go back and say that’s not kosher.”center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE BODY THAT represents public relations practitioners in Ireland wants to devise a set of rules to protect consumers from rogue ‘influencers’ that fail to disclose advertisement payments.The head of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII), John Carroll, said he plans to host a round-table meeting with Ireland’s top snapchatters, instagrammers and the like to hammer out a set of principles on how to handle paid-for ‘content’.Blogging can be a lucrative business with some social-media influencers getting up to €3,000 for a single Instagram post – but advertising watchdogs have expressed concerns about transparency around that money.The PRII recently distributed a set of best-practice guidelines to its members on how to deal with bloggers in an ethical and legal manner.The pamphlet stressed that it is illegal for advertisements to be passed off as editorial content under current consumer protection legislation with a penalty of up to six months in prison or a €3,000 fine.“Influencers are an increasingly important part of the broader media landscape,” Carroll told Fora.“Our concern is that in order to protect the broader public, to protect the broader blogging community and to protect people engaged in public relations, there needs to be clear and appropriate transparency by all parties when there is a paid-for collaboration.” Read: The head of CityJet thinks the airline had ‘a disease’ – and he’s the cureRead: Why the Burning Man festival turned its back on profits in a bid to ‘go beyond death’ Share62 Tweet Email1 However, he said there is a danger that bloggers themselves are unaware of the legalities around paid-for content because they don’t have a code of ethics like public relations practitioners or journalists.He said the best of them “are passionate amateurs”.“They’re talking about beauty or food because they love it, but they’re not journalists in the traditional sense. They don’t know about journalistic ethics. They don’t know that people are expecting a level of dispassionate consideration.”He noted that many bloggers are unwilling to post a bad review about a product, which is bad for consumers: “The credibility depends on them being able to say ‘this is great’ or ‘this is crap’.”According to the PRII’s guidelines, firms should respect that influencers may not like their product: “If all coverage from an outlet is positive, it has little value for consumers.”‘No blueprint’Sinéad Carroll, founder and chief executive of the Irish Blogger Agency, said that bloggers are most likely to refuse to review a product outright if they don’t like it.Carroll, who created the Yummy Mummy blog, said: “I won’t review a product unless I believe in it or I like it. If I don’t like it, rather than slate it, I will say why it hasn’t suited me but it might suit somebody else.“You have to be critical all right and you can’t say everything is brilliant, but you have to be conscious of the way you do it.” Nov 27th 2016, 1:05 PM Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 1:05 PM Short URL By Fora Stafflast_img read more

first_img“It’s loads better,” said Claire. ”We’ve got our own space and it is just so much better than being [in the hostel].”High Park is one of the first of the new Family Hubs – supported living facilities designed to get homeless families out of highly unsuitable hostel and B&B accommodation.These hubs are supposed to entirely replace the use of hotels and B&Bs (except in extremely limited circumstances), however they have already come under criticism from homelessness campaigners.A number of the hubs will be converted from hotels and B&Bs that have been used to house homeless families in the past.For example, the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) – which manages the homeless services for the entire Dublin region –  has taken out a five-year lease for Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street.This hotel – previously used to house homeless families and the site of a protest last August  – is being renovated into a Family Hub. Source: RollingNews.ieThe DRHE has also bought a separate B&B to be converted for this use, and is looking to lease more properties for this purpose. The end goal is to have 10 to 15 of these hubs in order to provide accommodation for about 500 families.A spokesperson said that work was underway “to phase in the accommodation over the coming months”.The new hubs have been slammed by Anthony Flynn, director of the Inner City Helping Homeless group, as a “re-branding” exercise.Homeless charity Focus Ireland has also raised issues around the government’s long term plan for ending family homelessness.Homeless hotels One of the most talked about aspects of last year’s Government Rebuilding Ireland Housing Action plan was the commitment to ending the use of private hotels and B&Bs to house homeless families.There were concerns voiced at the time that this would not be possible.The use of hotels and B&Bs to house families has skyrocketed since 2014, as the number of people presenting as homeless shot up.The problem is at its most acute in Dublin where demand for housing is highest.Figures from the DRHE show that there were 361 homeless families (with 768 children) living in private hotels in July 2015. By last month that number had more than doubled to 801 families (with the 1,623 children).Hotel accommodation is highly unsuitable – with many families not being afforded any proper cooking or cleaning facilities. Children having to sleep three to a bed, anti-social behaviour, damp and mould, bed bugs and mice are all common complaints raised.Read: Pregnant mother ‘had to view men exposing themselves to her and her son’ in homeless accommodation Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 7:30 AM Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/Twitter Image: Leah Farrell/ 16,193 Views Housing Minister @simoncoveney being shown around new Respond! accommodation for homeless families— Cormac Fitzgerald (@Cormfitz) March 16, 2017 Apr 16th 2017, 7:30 AM ‘We have our own beds now’: Will family hubs be able to replace hotels for homeless families? The Housing Minister has said hotels will no longer be used for homeless families by July. Image: Leah Farrell/ NINE-YEAR-OLD Bradley was living in an emergency homeless hostel with his family when he pricked his finger on an old syringe.The young child had been staying with his twin brother and their mother and father in an adult-only hostel in Dublin city after they became homeless.His mother Claire told RTÉ News at One that Bradley had pricked his finger the morning after the family first arrived at the hostel.“It was absolutely awful… not for families,” she said of the accommodation.Claire was speaking from the families new temporary home – the High Park Family Hub in Drumcondra in north Dublin.High Park was launched last month. At that time, the supported accommodation provided living space for 33 families who have been declared homeless.Families are given wrap-around support during the time they spend at High Park, and are appointed staff who work with them and help them secure long-term alternative accommodation. Share Tweet Email2 By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL 19 Comments Despite the numbers of homeless families continuing to rise, Housing Minister Simon Coveney has repeated the commitment to ending hotel use numerous times over the past number of months.He told at the launch of High Park last month that the goal could be met.“I think so, I think so. I mean it’s putting a lot of pressure on people but I think so,” he said when questioned directly about the timeline. Minister Coveney with other TDs and officials at the launch of High Park last month.Coveney also repeated the assertion at the launch of the PRTB rent price report earlier this month, and has said it in numerous other interviews and speeches since last year.He has said that this goal would be achieved through a combination of rapid-build housing units, HAP tenancies and these new Family Hubs.‘Re-branding’?The DRHE and the Housing Department have said that they are investing in the Family Hubs in order to move away from the highly unsuitable hotel use.Despite hotels and B&Bs being converted into hubs in some cases, a spokesperson for the DRHE said all buildings would be renovated to become more family-suited, and would have on-site supports.“The new family hubs will have the capacity to provide play space, cooking and laundry facilities and communal recreation supports,” the spokesperson said.However, Anthony Flynn of ICHH last week slammed the hubs as a “re-branding” exercise and a way for officials to “cover up figures”.“This will by no means help the situation, in fact it will make it worse. We will end up with overcrowded facilities that are not suited to means,” he said.More moderate criticism has also come from homeless charity Focus Ireland.Mike Allen – director of advocacy with the charity – told that the organisation welcomed any improvement in the standards of family accommodation. Mike Allen said a government strategy for dealing with family homelessness needed to be developed. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland“We have been very critical with the quality of some of the accommodation which has been available,” he said.So anything that improves that is obviously a good thing for the families. So there’s a limit to how critical we can be about it.However, Allen said the government was lacking a targeted strategy to get families out of homelessness long-term.He said this was a cause of huge concern, and that investing significant time, funds and effort into these new family hubs wouldn’t help reduce the numbers.“Is this sort of an assumption that we’re going to have large-scale problem of family homelessness for along period of time?,” Said Allen.We’re very worried that there’s a risk here of the unintended effect of what’s happened is to normalise a high level of family homelessness without a proper underlying strategy.End of hotel use?Minister Simon Coveney said that the Family Hubs will be used to improve the quality of life of homeless families, while the other elements of the Housing Action Plan come into effect.He has said repeatedly that he needs “time” before the housing output starts to meet the demand, and homeless numbers begin to reduce.Allen said this “time” -where families will start to exit homelessness and the numbers will reduce – is as yet undefined by any government strategy.Until then, Family Hubs are set to replace commercial hotels. The use of hotels and B&Bs to house homeless families (except in limited circumstances) may well be ended by July, said Allen.However, if month-on-month trends continue, the number of homeless families in Ireland will be higher than ever.“Where the criticism arises [of the July plan] from is the suggestion or the presentation of it as something else, something more monumental,” said Allen.At High Park last month, nine-year-old Bradley and his brother spoke about how much better High Park was to live in than their last accommodation.“It was like living in a basement there, but here I get my own room and I get to watch TV,” one of the boys said.“It was like one room and a kitchen and there was no other families there and we did have no friends to speak to or anything,” said the other boy.But here it’s better because we have our own rooms and our own beds.Read: The number of homeless people in Ireland has reached a record highRead: Over 198,000 empty homes in Ireland: UK officers turn them into housing – would that work here? 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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek archives project has finally been given a lifeline by La Trobe University and will be properly catalogued and managed. The archives – known for many years as the Dardalis Archive of the Hellenic Diaspora – will be given the care and attention they deserve, while also opening them up to the academic community for the first time. The cataloguing project that has just recently started in the library is expected to take over three years, and will be staffed by three part-time archivists; Leonidas Veikos, Michael Potopapa and Maria Ammazzalorso. The library will have to sift through 5,500 boxes and 73 pallets, filled with newspapers, film, costumes, photos, art, hard drives and many miscellaneous items donated by the Greek Australian community over 20 years. The project was previously in the hands of the now defunct National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research and has seen the archives shut away from the community while sitting idle for many years. The chair of the archives committee at La Trobe and head of the School of Humanities, Professor Chris Mackie, said former holders of the archives had finally reached an agreement with the University that will see the archives have a safe future. “Yes, there was a fairly poor relationship between La Trobe and certain individuals from the community and we as a university have tried to rectify that,” Professor Chris Mackie told Neos Kosmos. “One way of rectifying that is to reinvigorate and catalogue the archive, that’s very important.” After reaching a decision in the Supreme Court to move the archives to the La Trobe University Library, more than half a million dollars has been allocated to complete the archives’ listing and assessment project. As the project is in its early stages, the University isn’t promising anything more than just cataloguing the items. The ultimate goal for the community would be digitising the archive and placing it on the internet. Longtime campaigner Tassos Revis is hoping his calls for digitisation will be heard, yet finding funding for the project will be the most difficult part. Digitising just 45 minutes of film will cost in excess of $1,000. “It’s a fantastic project, it’s got to be digitised and it’s got to be on the internet,” Mr Revis told Neos Kosmos. The archives already hold the best collection of Greek language newspapers in the country, and have already been used by researchers. They even helped in drafting an article about the history of sport in Australia. The archives’ potential in Greek Studies The archives also hold valuable resource material that can be used in Greek Studies in Victoria and around the country. For a program that has seen student numbers falling, the archives could be a way to reinvigorate the Greek language syllabus. “Ultimately it will be very important for undergraduates and particularly postgraduates because they’re doing research that requires things like the Greek newspaper, films, or other documentation,” Professor Mackie says. “We’re hopeful it will be used more as time goes on.” It could be another reason why the university and its library has agreed to take on the mammoth project. Part of the archive committee’s job is to identify items of value, something that the Greek community will be part of. It has uncovered a database of 351 entries that make up a record of deceased Greeks, but which has not been updated since 2001. 150 framed artworks, posters, drawings, photos and T-shirts have also come to light which the university is having trouble verifying. They don’t know where they’ve come from, who created them or where they were obtained and hope to find further clues in the thousands of other boxes they will be sifting through. Associate University Librarian Geoff Payne says the task ahead won’t be an easy one but will at least unearth some treasures. “It is an exciting project, but with it will come a variety challenges,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “I’m delighted with the progress that’s been made on working through the material and we’re looking forward to discovering what else is contained in all those many boxes.” The decommissioned Dardalis Archive of the Hellenic Diaspora was a database named after Dr Zissis Dardalis that was started in 1997. Dr Dardalis was one of the main benefactors of the archive project.last_img read more

first_imgThe sheriff’s office had a warrant for Shirley Merritt’s arrest, the man on the line told her, and she needed to fork over what sounded like bond or fine money, or face at least 72 hours in jail.Merritt, from Hazel Dell, got the call Friday morning.“They identified themselves as the Clark County sheriff’s department, looking for Shirley Merritt, etc., etc.,” she said. “When the sheriff’s department’s calling, you kind of want to talk to them to see what they want.”They called Friday morning, and told Merritt she had failed to appear for jury duty, and they had a paper she’d signed saying she was notified. Merritt had been summoned for jury duty once some time ago, but was excused, and she said she never received any kind of notice recently.It seemed fishy, but she decided to play along for a bit after they told her she needed pick up a prepaid debit card. They told her to go to Rite Aid and buy a Green Dot MoneyPak reloadable debit card so she could give them the information on the back to pay up.“I say, ‘You go to a grocery store and pay a bond? Why wouldn’t you go to a bail bond place?’ ” she said.last_img read more

first_img AP, KUSI Newsroom, AP, KUSI Newsroom March 8, 2019 Posted: March 8, 2019 International speaker, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss discusses speaking tour 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The high school party took an ugly turn. Drink cups were used to form a crude swastika. Nazi salutes flashed. Cameras clicked.What appears to have been a woefully misguided attempt at humor turned into a national embarrassment for the Southern California city of Newport Beach, leaving behind outrage, disbelief and finally, hope for change.On Thursday, the stepsister of Anne Frank visited privately with students who attended the party and described an emotional meeting in which she recounted her experiences at the Auschwitz death camp.When she was freed at 16, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, now 89, was left with only her mother. The rest of her family perished.When the students saluted the swastika at the party last weekend, “they didn’t realize what it really meant,” she said. “They just thought it was a joke.”They apologized profusely during the meeting, which also included parents, community members and student leaders from Newport Harbor High School.Schloss said she hoped there would be more education about the Holocaust and a war now 75 years in the past. The photo was a reminder that the warning of the Holocaust — never forget — sometimes is.The students “don’t realize what those signs really mean to victims who have gone through this period,” she said.She expressed confidence that the students “have learned a lesson for life.”The photo shocked the wealthy seaside enclave known for its beaches and placid streets dotted with palms. Hundreds of people came to a meeting at the school Monday to express outrage.“I thought it was horrible what they did,” Alan Ramirez, a 15-year-old sophomore at Newport Harbor, said Thursday.He said he was disappointed because the photo gave the school a bad image, but he did not think any of those involved were actually embracing Nazism or intending to vilify Jewish people. Rather, he said, they were “caught in the moment, going with the crowd.”A mother of two students who attend Newport Harbor said she and her children were appalled by the photo, and most of the student body felt the same way.“The majority of these kids were blown away by this,” Kathy Mader said as she picked up her sons.Mader said she and her children were thankful it was discussed at school.“I have to hope it was just stupidity,” she said.School Principal Sean Boulton declined to discuss the actions of specific students but said “society as a whole has normalized hate language and hate speech.”“They got caught up in a larger national issue,” he said.Like Frank, the world-famous Jewish diarist who died in the Holocaust, Schloss and her family went into hiding in Amsterdam during World War II but were betrayed. They were sent to the Auschwitz death camp. She was eventually liberated by the Russian army in 1945.Schloss, whose mother married Frank’s father, Otto Frank, in 1953, has told her story in talks to schoolchildren and in books including “Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank.”Frank was born in Germany and fled to the Netherlands with her family as Adolf Hitler rose to power.After Germany invaded the Netherlands, her father created a secret living space where she kept her now-famous diary for two years before being discovered. Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at age 15. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPACIFIC BEACH (KUSI) – This Pacific Beach pup named Noodle was taken from his home. The dog snatcher was caught on camera and the owner is asking for your help tracking down Noodle.It is believed that the dog may be in Oregon. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 11, 2019 April 11, 2019 Dog snatched from PB home, owner asks public’s help finding the dog KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

first_imgOne man was arrested Friday night after two rocks were thrown through a bedroom window at Vancouver Fire Department’s Station 6, said VFD Capt. Kevin Murray.Murray said the crew on duty at the station, 3216 N.E. 112th Ave., heard a loud crash and discovered that two rocks – one the size of a softball – had been thrown through a window in one of the station’s bedrooms. One of the rocks broke wallboard and landed on an empty bed.Firefighters saw someone walking away from the station and followed him from a safe distance until police arrived and took him into custody.Vancouver Police Sgt. Mike Davis said the man was arrested on a felony charge; damage was estimated at more than $750. The person’s name was not available Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Coral Reef High School security monitor is being investigated for allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.According to officials, Darryl Ward was terminated after the allegations arose.Officials said Ward has been with the district for four years and has no prior cases.The case was referred to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, but criminal charges will not be pursued since both parties are adults.This comes shortly after a Palmetto teacher resigned after allegations arose of an improper relationship with a student.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgAngry mob vandalises a truck after it hits and runs over a motorcyclist in the capital’s Asad Gate area on Sunday night. Photo: Zahidul KarimThree people were killed in separate road accidents in the capital’s Asad Gate, Pallabi and Demra areas on Sunday.Two among the three victims were pedestrians while another one was a motorcyclist.At Asad Gate, a speedy truck from Manik Miah Avenue hit a motorcycle around 11:30pm, witnesses said.After the biker fell off the vehicle, the truck ran over him, they added. The identity of the victim could not be traced immediately.The enraged mob seized and vandalised the truck following the incident and handed the driver over to the police.The motorcycle hit by a truck seen at Asad Gate in Dhaka on Sunday night. Photo: Zahidul KarimMohammadpur police station sub-inspector Md Faruk Hossain told Prothom Alo that the driver, Rana Mridha, 21, and the truck were taken into custody, and added that the body of the victim was sent to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College morgue for autopsy.In Pallabi, a man was hit and fatally injured by a car around 10:30am at Jhutpatti area of Mirpur-10, witnesses told the police, UNB reports.The deceased was Amin, 30, son of late Abdul Khaleque of Bouniabadh under Pallabi police station in the city.Being informed, sub-inspector Sohel Sikder with a team rushed to the spot and took the injured to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at around 12:15pm, UNB quotes inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police camp as saying.UNB reports another pedestrian was hit by a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in front of Tamirul Millat Madrasa of Demra around 1:00pm.The deceased Md Abu Hanif Master, 65, was a resident of Islambagh under Demra police station.He was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at around 5:00pm, UNB quoted victim’s son, Ahmed Istiak, as saying.last_img read more

first_img 00:00 /01:06 Listen X Al OrtizMayor Sylvester Turner (center) held a press conference at Houston’s City Hall to talk about the progress made by a local coalition that is alerting residents of the Houston region who may own vehicles that may need their airbags checked due to the recall issued by Takata.It has been more than two years since the start of a massive recall of faulty Takata airbags and, so far, the defective parts have caused two deaths in Houston.It is hard to say just how many Houstonians are driving cars with dangerous airbags, but one estimate puts it as high as 250,000.Vehicle manufacturers and dealerships send out letters to registered owners of cars that have the airbags.But a coalition of Houston community groups and private companies, in collaboration with the City of Houston –through its Department of Neighborhoods and the offices of several Council Members — has been working for about a year to more aggressively get the word out.Through a specific door-to-door canvassing program, volunteers have notified more than a 1,000 people, and a source familiar with the work of the coalition says that, combining other resources, they have helped notify tens of thousands of individuals in and around the city of Houston about the risk posed by the ongoing airbag recall.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says sometimes a letter in the mail isn’t enough.“Unless somebody is either knocking on your door, or calling you, or when they walk in, into the office and they’re seeking to transfer ownership, unless you bring that to their attention, people will continue to drive these vehicles until something drastic happens,” Turner noted during a press event held at City Hall on Friday.People have also received inserts in their vehicle registration renewal notices and anyone who goes to city or county offices for vehicle-related business also gets a reminder.Anyone can check the status of their vehicle on the website To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Speaking at the 9th Exceltur Tourism Leadership Forum in Madrid, Spain, during the ongoing FITUR trade show,  Ms Guevara said, “Biometric technology has been evolving over many years and we have seen gradual implementation across the sector for some time. However, in order for the step change which needs to happen to improve security and create jobs through increased tourism flows, there is an urgent need to speed up implementation.” In travel and tourism and global border crossing, the implementation of biometric technology to facilitate secure borders is the single biggest opportunity for the Travel & Tourism sector in 2018, according to Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).Ms Guevara also highlighted the importance of developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning, virtual and augmented reality and changing demographics, particularly the ‘coming of age’ of millennials and growth of Generation Z, for Travel & Tourism. Like this:Like Loading… “The resolution of the UN Security Council at the end of 2017 which mandates all governments to employ biometric security for counter terrorism activity provides an excellent opportunity for all stakeholders to come together. In line with the work ICAO has been doing over many years, the Travel & Tourism sector needs to work with governments and security agencies to agree a standard approach which can be deployed across the Travel & Tourism system.”“This will take a huge effort of collaboration with considerable challenges to be overcome, particularly around the security and sharing of data, and privacy issues. However, I believe that now is the time to come together so that, while ensuring our world is secure, people around the world can continue to enjoy the personal, social and economic benefits of travelling.”Biometrics and travel security will addressed during the upcoming WTTC Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18-19 April 2018.eTN is a media partner at the WTTC Global Summit.More events at Share this: eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Gay Tourism: WTTC doesn’t know what to sayWorld Travel & Tourism Council looks at how tourism Transforms our World to celebrate World Tourism DayWorld Travel & Tourism Council looks at how tourism Transforms our World to celebrate World Tourism DayMore articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

first_imgPlaya del Carmen., Q.R. — A young man has died after being hit by a vehicle on the highway at the south end of Playa del Carmen. The driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old José Ramón P.P., is a resident of Puerto Aventuras. Paramedics arrived only to pronounce the man as deceased. Municipal Police proceeded to arrest the driver for presentation to the State Attorney General. The accident happened around midnight when 25-year-old Eneraldo P.L. was hit by a vehicle along the Playa del Carmen-Tulum highway at the southern exit of the city. The vehicle involved had front end damage and was towed. The victim was originally from Chiapas. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgNews | Teleradiology | December 06, 2016 Ohio’s Wooster Community Hospital Partners with Candescent Health for RadPerform Service Radiology optimization service with cloud-based PACS will help small hospital market save capital costs and drive efficiency News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content December 6, 2016 — Candescent Health recently announced that Ohio’s Wooster Community Hospital has selected its RadPerform service to help unburden its radiology team of excess cost and time-consuming tasks.  As part of the technology-enabled service, the department will also get a cloud-based picture archiving and communication system (PACS) to help eliminate major capital expenses.“It has been well over a decade since there’s been meaningful innovation with PACS. Today, PACS still have very expensive legacy costs, such as service contracts and hardware refreshes. In addition, PACS continue to create a heavy resource burden for teams that want to take full advantage of, and leverage, this data for the creation of staffing and/or clinical models,” said David Harrison, director of radiology at Wooster Community Hospital. “Candescent’s team understands the importance of radiology being a 24/7 business and that it takes more than just a piece of technology. With their service, we’ll pay for only what we need and can help me save hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital and operating expenses. This will free up significant in-house resources and will help our team get back to what we do best, deliver patient care.”Candescent Health’s RadPerform service is designed to help radiology teams at any hospital — both large and small — significantly improve the quality, efficiency and value of the work they do each day. Through its service model, Candescent matches each partner with the right set of resources to eliminate financial burdens, improve business decision-making and take on consuming tasks that take time away from providing patient care. Enabled by its cloud-based PACS, partners like Wooster will benefit from a service that includes:Dedicated business intelligences analysts with decades of experience in radiology;Use of Candescent’s 24/7 service center to provide administrative support to radiologists, technologists and administrators;Monitoring support from a 24/7 network operations center to ensure safety, reliability and availability of their systems; andAccess to a growing network of specialists sharing best practices and coverage. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | May 15, 2019 Clarius Releases Clarius Live Ultrasound Telemedicine Solution Clarius Mobile Health released a telemedicine solution called Clarius Live. The simple-to-use feature allows any… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | Teleradiology | May 06, 2019 Chipmunk Health Chooses Philips HealthSuite for Telehealth Services Philips announced that telehealth service provider Chipmunk Health, with locations in the Netherlands and Canada, is… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more last_img read more