Earlier this week, a committee headed by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Nripendra Misra, took stock of preparations by Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to combat pollution from the burning of stubble. Various studies say that during November such burning of straw contributes to 20%-50% of the pollution in Delhi.A key focus of the meeting was ascertaining the extent to which States had distributed agricultural equipment to prevent such burning, according to an official privy to the proceedings but who didn’t want to be identified.‘Haryana well on target’“Haryana is well on target but Punjab (which has the largest wheat acreage) is lagging behind,” the official said. States have been provided nearly ₹650 crore — courtesy the Union Agriculture Ministry — to help farmers buy subsidised equipment such as Happy Seeder, Paddy Straw Chopper/Cutter, Mulcher, RMB Plough, Shrub Cutter, Zero Till Drill, Super Straw Management System on Combine Harvesters, Rotary Slasher and Rotavator.All of this equipment is expected to disbursed by October 15. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said last week that Punjab has delivered 7,337 subsidised agro-machines/farm equipment. Of this, 2,819 machines/equipment were given to individual farmers, 2,144 to cooperative societies and 2,374 to Custom Hiring Centres across the State. In all 24,315 machines are expected to be delivered.The committee, which meets monthly, is an inter-ministerial task force led by the Principal Secretary and comprises of Secretaries from the Union Ministries of Earth Sciences, Agriculture, Environment, Power as well as Chief Secretaries of the States involved.To deal with pollution in Delhi, the State had readied 70 road-sweeping machines as well as 400 water tankers to check rising dust. (With inputs from Vikas Vasudeva)
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Kane Williamson to miss New Zealand vs Bangladesh 3rd Test due to muscle injuryKane Williamson suffered a left pectoral muscle injury while fielding in the second Test in Wellington.advertisement Reuters WellingtonMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 08:46 IST Kane Williamson had suffered a left pectoral muscle injury (Reuters Photo)New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the third Test against Bangladesh in Christchurch by injury and will be replaced in the side by debutant Will Young.Williamson suffered a left pectoral muscle injury while fielding in the second Test in Wellington, which New Zealand won by 12 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead into the final match which starts on Saturday.”Kane is obviously a really important player for us and with the nature of the injury we couldn’t be sure he wouldn’t aggravate it,” said coach Gary Stead in a news release.”He’s improving every day and will continue his rehabilitation as planned. Will has been waiting in the wings for a while now and he’ll get a great opportunity batting at number three in a settled line-up.”There was better news about wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who passed a fitness Test on a hamstring strain on Friday and will play at Hagley Oval.Pace bowler Tim Southee will captain the side for the first time in Williamson’s absence.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow New Zealand vs BangladeshFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Will Young
an aerial image of Blomidon Provincial Park by Christopher Ball, of Mahone Bay Withrod Lake in winter in Long Lake Provincial Park by David Hayes, of Timberlea white-tailed deer in Shubenacadie Wildlife Park by Sherri Ashton, of Nine Mile River surf and sand dollar, both at Martinique Beach Provincial Park by Jennifer Rector, of Head of Jeddore. A computer consultant with hopes for a professional photography career is the overall winner of the first annual My Favourite Wilderness photo contest. Joseph Howse of Halifax won the contest with his photo of a stand of maple trees in Terence Bay Wilderness Area. “The great response to this contest shows how much Nova Scotians enjoy the province’s wilderness areas,” said Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash. “I’m thrilled to see so many outstanding images through their eyes, and encourage everyone to get out and visit these beautiful, wild places.” Mr. Howse’s prize is a mounted wilderness area poster and a guided one-day photo expedition with the department’s protected areas co-ordinator Oliver Maass, who is also a naturalist and photographer. “For photography, I’m constantly looking for variety and contrast, and Nova Scotia’s wilderness areas have it — from the vast seacoast to the smallest life in the forest,” said Mr. Howse. He took the winning photo while on a hike with his brother, Samuel. “Bring the family along,” he said. “If my brother hadn’t wanted to get to the next hill, I wouldn’t have got the picture.” Phil Talbot of Hammonds Plains won the wild nature category for his photo of a forest floor in Sporting Lake Nature Reserve, in Tobeatic Wilderness Area. His prize is a mounted wilderness area poster. Nicole Johannsen of Pleasant Bay was the runner up in this category, winning a set of unmounted wilderness area posters for her photo of a sunset over water in Pollets Cove-Aspy Fault Wilderness Area. While the contest was meant to be limited to photos of wilderness areas, the department received many worthy submissions of provincial and national park photos. Honourable mentions were given to five: The contest was judged by freelance photographer Jamie Stevens and Communications Nova Scotia photographer Shirley Robb. The winning photos may be seen on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/protectedareas . Details on next year’s contest will be available on this website early in 2006.
London: India could tap London’s capital market when the country decides to raise its first-ever international sovereign bond later this year, British Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested. Describing India and the UK as twin pillars of the Commonwealth built on shared values of democracy and the rule of law, she called on the Indian government to raise its proposed international sovereign bond later this year in the financial hub of London. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepPrime Minister May on Tuesday announced the creation of a new 40-million pound Fast-Track Start-up Fund, focussed on India’s emerging technology enterprises as part of the wider UK-India Tech Partnership. The announcement came as she marked the ‘India Day’ here. “We have opened a GBP (pound) 40 million Fast-Track Start-Up Fund, supported by both the UK and Indian governments, to invest in Indian start-ups focussed on emerging technology,” May said in a keynote address. “When the Indian government raises its first ever international sovereign bond later this year, I hope they do so in the City of London whose capital markets, with their unrivalled depth and liquidity, are the best in the world,” she said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAs a caretaker Prime Minister, who is in Downing Street until a new leader is elected between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt next week, the outgoing leader said she was “immensely proud” of the work done with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the past three years in office to strengthen India-UK ties and ensure the “very special relationship” works for everyone. “Over the past three years, Indian companies have raised GBP 2 billion through green bonds listed on the London Stock Exchange. We are in the midst of an immensely productive period of economic relations between India and the UK,” May said. “I am confident that the business links between our nations will continue to grow stronger and deeper, drawing us together and creating jobs and prosperity from Manipur to Manchester,” she said. India Day, co-hosted by the UK government’s Department for International Trade (DIT) and City of London Corporation, is conceived as an avenue to explore new opportunities for India-UK collaboration in the field of financial and professional services. Piyush Goyal, the minister of railways and commerce and industry, represented the Indian government at the event, where he referred to it as the first of several such events which will help both UK and Indian businesses find ways to create cost competitiveness in the bilateral partnership. “If we can work together with a focus on three thrust areas of inclusion, investment and innovation, India and the UK together will be a partnership very difficult to compete with,” he said. The day-long event in the historic Mansion House in the heart of London’s financial district included keynote addresses and a range of panel discussions around subjects of green infrastructure financing, future of insurance, technology and innovation. UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, used his address to promote the London Stock Exchange as a port of call for international sovereign bonds, an initiative announced by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the recent Budget statement. Fox said: “I was delighted to learn in the Budget that India is considering issuing sovereign bonds abroad and I hope you will consider issuing on the London Stock Exchange. There are over 400 sovereign bonds listed on the exchange, and we are able to offer a low cost, efficient listing process, with access to one of the deepest financial markets in the world. “The London Stock Exchange is already the world’s largest rupee denominated Masala bond centre It sells more than half of all the rupee denominated bonds issued to overseas buyers globally. According to official DIT data, India-UK bilateral trade is valued at more than 20.5 billion pound per year and grew at 14 per cent last year. The Lord Mayor of London, Peter Estlin, spoke of the strengths of the City of London known as the Square Mile as he revealed key India-UK fintech tie-ups, including UK firm R5FX having agreed a partnership with Edelweiss GIA and Indian challenger bank TMW Pay becoming operational in London with an investment of 20 million pound and creating 100 jobs. “Areas like fintech, which can help drive financial inclusion, contribute to economic growth and provide a chance for us to learn from each other’s success. Since 2014, Indian fintech start-ups have seen almost GBP 4.5 billion pounds invested across 660 deals ,” Estlin said. And here in the UK we have the people, the talent and the capital to help create opportunities for Indian fintechs to grow and test their fintech products, said Estlin.
Mumbai: Vistara Tuesday said Vinod Kannan will take over as its chief strategy officer from June as the full service carrier prepares to fly overseas. Currently, Sanjiv Kapoor is both chief commercial officer as well as chief strategy officer at Vistara, a joint venture between Tatas and Singapore Airlines. “As Vistara accelerates its growth and prepares to take the next leap in its journey of becoming a global brand, certain changes have been introduced in the leadership structure. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Strategy and Commercial are cornerstones of any airline’s business, and these two areas will be bolstered to ensure focus on key priorities,” an airline spokesperson told PTI. Kannan from within the Singapore Airlines group will be joining Vistara next month as chief strategy officer, while Kapoor will remain chief commercial officer, the spokesperson said. The domestic carrier is preparing to start overseas flights and has also placed orders for a significant number of planes. Vistara, which has 22 aircraft on its fleet, operates around 140 flights every day. The airline commenced commercial operations on January 9, 2015.
Rabat – German football star, Bastian Schweinsteiger, is confident that his new team, Manchester United is capable of winning the Champions League and even more.According to UK’s Express, the former Bayern Munich’s player, believes his current teammates at United can take the title to Old Trafford.“Of course, first of all we have to do our work. We lost the first match against Eindhoven and, as the manager says, now we have to win the games at home first of all,” he said. The conviction to snatch Europe’s title is not exclusive to the players. In a statement on Monday, Man United’s manager Louis Van Gaal declared his desire to take his club to the top.“I hope [to win the Champions League by 2017] That is realistic because I did it everywhere”, stressed United’s boss who won the title in 1995 with Ajax Amsterdam.Van Gaal went on to add, “Reaching the final is an aim and winning the final is (about) a little bit luck. It is not only quality, it is also luck, and I think Manchester United knows and remembers that fantastically from when they won the Champions League”.On the same note, Schweinsteiger added, “We have to take it step by step. Our strength is the team spirit.”The German international is no stranger to the feeling of winning European titles. In 2013 he won the Champions League with Bayern Munich, the team he played with for 17 years before transferring to the Red Devils in July 2015.
9 June 2010While the global recession and other crises have meant difficult times for developed and developing countries, the United Nations development chief today stressed that achieving the poverty reduction targets with a 2015 deadline is possible, outlining priority areas for action in the next five years. “If we are to reach the MDGs by the target date, 2010 must spark five years of accelerated progress,” Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said referring to the Millennium Development Goals of slashing hunger, poverty and a host of other socio-economic ills. “That progress needs to reach the countries, communities, and marginalized groups which have been left behind – overlooked, bypassed, and unable to benefit from progress made elsewhere,” she said in Madrid, Spain, at the Conference on Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis and on Achieving the MDGs.Miss Clark noted that the Goals – the most broadly supported, comprehensive, and specific poverty reduction targets the world has ever established – offers the means to a better life for those living in extreme poverty.They offer the poor a life with access to adequate food and income; to basic education and health services; to clean water and sanitation; and to empowerment for women. “Put simply, advancing the MDGs will be an important milestone in our quest for a more just and peaceful world,” she stated. A special summit will be convened at UN Headquarters in New York in September to review progress to date, which, as Miss Clark noted, has been uneven across the Goals and within regions and nations. The summit offers a chance to generate new momentum around the MDGs, she pointed out.“What is needed from the New York Summit is agreement by world leaders on a concrete MDG action agenda to reach the Goals by 2015,” she stated. “While it is clear to all that these are challenging times for both developed and developing countries, my message to you today is that achieving the MDGs is possible.” The Administrator noted that there is a range of tried and tested policies, which, if scaled up and adapted to the national context, can ensure progress. These include the concerted action by civil society, the private sector, philanthropists, political leaders, and the multilateral organizations who have come together in unprecedented ways to expand access to HIV medicines, support mass immunization, and scale up the distribution of bed nets to prevent the spread of malaria. In this regard, she highlighted the MDG Achievement Fund, established by the Government of Spain, which is supporting over 120 initiatives in nearly 50 countries to speed up progress towards the Goals. “With strong global partnerships, with committed leaders, and by applying what we learn and replicating and scaling up what works, we can achieve the MDGs,” the UNDP chief stressed.She added that while any action agenda must be adapted to each country’s unique context, the UN’s analysis and experience so far highlights eight common areas and opportunities for priority action. They are: the need to support country-led development; foster inclusive economic growth; improve opportunities for women and girls; target investments in health and education, in clean water and sanitation, and in the professionals who run these services; and scale up social protection and employment programmes and other targeted interventions.Other priorities are expanding access to energy and promoting low-carbon development; mobilizing domestic resources to finance the MDGs; and the international community delivering on the official development assistance (ODA) commitments it has made and improving the predictability and effectiveness of aid.
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The No. 4-seeded Ohio State men’s tennis team had a season goal to win the team’s first-ever national title. That dream fell short, however, as the Buckeyes lost to No. 1-seeded Virginia, 4-2, in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship Tournament on Monday. OSU started strong with a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point early in the match. Doubles pairs senior Shuhei Uzawa and junior Chase Buchanan, along with senior Balazs Novak and Blaz Rola, helped clinch the doubles win for their team. Rola and Novak defeated Virginia’s Alex Domijan and Sanam Singh, 8-6, and were followed close behind by Buchanan and Uzawa, who defeated Jarmere Jenkins and Julen Uriguen, 8-6, as well. OSU doubles pair senior Matt Allare and redshirt freshman Peter Kobelt didn’t get a chance to finish their match, but left it with an 8-8 tie against Virginia’s Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz. “The doubles point is huge,” redshirt sophomore Devin McCarthy said after OSU’s win against Baylor in the quarterfinals Saturday. “It gives everyone a little bit of leeway.” The Buckeyes might have won in doubles, but they fell short in singles, giving up four points to Virginia. While OSU struggled more in singles than in doubles, the singles matches all were very close. Four of the six went into third-game tie-breakers. Virginia scored its first point of the match when OSU’s Buchanan fell, 6-2, 6-2, to Domijan. The Cavaliers then earned a second point when Rola lost to Shabaz, 6-4, 6-4. After giving up two points to Virginia, OSU answered when McCarthy beat Virginia’s Justin Shane, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, earning OSU its second point. The Cavaliers then earned their final two points of the match, giving them the best of seven points and the match win. Virginia will advance to the finals against USC, the two-time national champion and team that beat OSU in the quarterfinals last year. Coming into the tournament, the team knew Virginia would be one of its biggest challenges on the road to a national title. “Virginia hasn’t been beaten at all,” Allare said before the tournament. Novak agreed, noting that Virginia was on OSU’s side of the draw, which ultimately gave the team trouble. The team made it to the semifinals after beating Ball State, Notre Dame and Tulsa, each 4-0, and then defeating Baylor, 4-2, on Saturday. The Buckeyes end their 2010–11 season with a 34-3 record. Despite the loss, four of its members — Rola, Buchanan, Allare and Kobelt — return to Stanford’s Taube Tennis Center for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship May 25–30.
Three Ohio State men’s basketball players were honored by the Big Ten for their play throughout the regular season Monday. OSU junior forward Deshaun Thomas garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and coaches while his teammate, junior guard Aaron Craft, was named a first-team all-conference selection by the media and a second-team pick by the coaches. Additionally, Craft and sophomore guard Shannon Scott were named to the Big Ten’s All-Defensive team. Outside of the Buckeyes, here’s who earned what in the conference: Player of the Year: Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke Coach of the Year: Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan Defensive Player of the Year: Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo Sixth Man of the Year: Indiana junior forward Will Sheehey Freshman of the Year: Michigan State guard Gary Harris OSU (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten), which finished No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll of the regular season, is set to play in the Big Ten tournament which starts Thursday. The No. 2-seeded Buckeyes are slated to play the winner of a first-round matchup between Purdue and Nebraska Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago.
The former equestrian champion made her first appearance since giving birth to Lena on Saturday, when she was seen at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club International Day.She and her husband, former rugby player Mike Tindall, were famously public about the birth of their first child Mia.Mrs Tindall became the first senior member of the Royal Family to sell photographs of their baby to a celebrity magazine, and the fee was reportedly £150,000.The Hello! magazine article featured 13 pages of pictures of the family, as well as featuring the newborn on the front cover. Zara Tindall has spoken candidly about a second miscarriage she suffered before giving birth to her second child Lena last month.She said she did not want to speak about it at first because it was “too raw.”Mrs Tindall told the Sunday Times: “I…had another miscarriage really early on. You need to go through a period where you don’t talk about it because it’s too raw, but, as with everything, time’s a great healer.”The Queen’s granddaughter has previously spoken about her first miscarriage, which happened at the start of her second pregnancy in 2016.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Mrs Tindall, whose oldest daughter Mia was born in 2014, said the public helped her by writing in.She said: “I had a miscarriage in 2016 and afterwards loads of people wrote to me and Mike to say they’d been through the same thing. “In our case, it was something really rare; it was nature saying, ‘this one’s not right.'”For me, the worst thing was that we had to tell everyone – everyone we knew.”The 37-year-old said the Royal Family helped her through it, adding: “It was a time when my family came to the fore and I needed them. I had to go through having the baby because it was so far along.” 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. Mia Tindall and Zara Tindall during the 2018 ‘Celebrity Cup’ at Celtic Manor Resort on June 30, 2018 in Newport, WalesCredit:Mike Marsland/WireImage)
I’m not thin skinned by any means, Leas Ceann Comhairle, but I think describing the government, civil servants, any individual as being akin to Nazis and the Third Reich or Goebbels is defamatory and beneath the level of discourse that should occur in politics and in this House.The Taoiseach told the Dáil that a similar reference had been made by Fianna Fáil’s Marc McSharry.Varadkar asked Labour’s Joan Burton and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin if they stood by the comments made by their party colleagues.“This is a reference to six million people who were exterminated by the Third Reich and by the Nazis and I think belittling the Holocaust. Comparing and advertising campaign to the actions of the Nazis and the Third Reich, I think that’s beneath contempt,” said the Taoiseach.Criticism of governmentMartin said he wanted to address the issue, stating that the Taoiseach does not like when criticism is levelled at him.“You do not like it when hard words are said about what you get up to and what your government get up to. You get overly partisan and nasty. There is a bad streak there Taoiseach,” he said, adding:I have never used any terms such as Goebbels or anything in relation to the government’s propaganda campaign. It’s wrong for the Taoiseach to try and suggest that I would endorse that or in anyway associate myself with it.The Fianna Fáil leader said he “never used the word Goebbels”.“I hate anybody using Nazi terms about anyone in a current parliamentary democracy. I do not like it. I do not endorse it and I disassociate myself from it.“And any member of the house that does use that should reflect on what they said and withdraw any assertion that any member in this house or any member of government is engaging in that manner because what we’re discussing here is light-years obviously from what happened in the Third Reich. And I want to make that crystal clear,” said Martin.He said he is simply asking “legitimate questions” about the spending of taxpayers money, stating that it is not acceptable for the Taoiseach to say that he is operating at an arms length from the communications unit. Martin asked what the Taoiseach had against setting up an independent review of the campaign roll-out.Burton said she herself has been a victim of “atrocious assault” and “slander” in the past, and it was not fair for the Taoiseach to assert in the House that she would “countenance for one moment” anyone being in appropriate during the course of debate.She claimed she had not seen or heard the interview with her party colleague Alan Kelly.The Dublin West TD said any references to the Nazi regime or Goebbels are “inappropriate”.“I think anybody who was involved in doing that should actually reflect and pause because I don’t think it helps our debate,” said Burton.However, she said throwing around accusations dishonours the Taoiseach’s office and accused Varadkar of being “annoyed and irritated that something that has been understandably for you as Taoiseach a prize project has been subject to criticism in here”.She added that the Taoiseach was being being “too thin-skinned”.Read: Drivers will soon have to observe a minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists>Read: Dáil suspended for the rest of the week due to the ‘the Beast from the East’> Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil this afternoon. TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has criticised comments made by opposition TDs who compared the promotion of the government’s Ireland 2040 plan to the activities of Joseph Goebbels, the man who was in charge of Nazi propaganda for the Third Reich.In a radio interview yesterday, Labour TD Alan Kelly said advertising rolled out by the government’s Strategic Communications Unit of the national planning framework is “Goebbels territory”.The Taoiseach was grilled about the marketing campaign during Leaders’ Questions yesterday, which he said cost €1.5 million.Varadkar denied that his communications unit had instructed any newspaper or media organisation to blur the lines between news articles and paid-for content, adding that all sponsored content of the Ireland 2040 plan should be clearly marked.Comparison to Third ReichSpeaking in the Dáil today, before the House was suspended until next week, Leo Varadkar said remarks by Kelly comparing civil servants in his department and communications unit to the Third Reich were “wholly inappropriate”.He added: 22,495 Views Varadkar says describing civil servants as being akin to Nazis is ‘wholly inappropriate’ The Taoiseach says he is not “thin-skinned” but believes criticism of Ireland 2040 adverts is unfair. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil this afternoon. https://jrnl.ie/3877566 63 Comments Short URL Share140 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 5:52 PM By Christina Finn Feb 28th 2018, 5:52 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Eleven Greek Australians were named today in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for their contribution to Australia. “I was absolutely surprised,” said a George Lekakis to Neos Kosmos after hearing that he was bestowed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for ‘distinguished service to the community through leadership roles in multicultural organisations’ and to the development of services for ethnic communities. “I love Australia, I love this country,” said the Chairperson for the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Mr Lekakis AO. He said the honour “validates the 30 years of hard work in upholding multiculturalism” but emphasised the work by communities in pressing the need for the support of multiculturalism on government. “It’s the communities in Victoria that demands a better policy outcome and better resources which puts the onus on governments to deliver.” The establishment of cultural precincts enhancement funding was seen as an achievement by Mr Lekakis, while he looked forward to reforms in the translating and interpreting industry.“I want more funds for people that cannot communicate effectively with government and want more service with vulnerable people in our community,” Mr Lekakis AO said. Another Victorian, Mike Zafiropoulos, former SBS director was honoured with a Member of the Order of Australia, (AM) for his ‘service to the community through executive roles with a range of arts, cultural and media organisations’ as an advocate of multiculturalism. “It’s recognition of 40 years of community involvement, it makes one feel proud, I also feel humbled by the experience,” said Mr Zafiropoulos. He said he was conscious of the fact that there are many unknown volunteers that have not been recognised. “Even within the community sector we have not found ways to say ‘thank you for what you do’,” he said. Mr Zaffiropoulos AM said he was a little sad that too often people work for many years in community organisations, giving up their time and money but “they finish their tenure and are forgotten.” He lamented “the retreat from multiculturalism.” “Multiculturalism was one of the biggest achievements Australia could claim. We could show the world that with almost 50 per cent of the population from 200 different nations, we are a harmonious society but we did not take advantage of our position,” said Mr Zafiropoulos AM to Neos Kosmos. He added that now “lip service is paid to multiculturalism” while the absence of institutions to support the policy has taken a toll. “Look at the institutions we used to have; the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs or Language Australia in Canberra, and look at the mess we are in relation to the promotion of Asian languages,” said Mr Zafiropoulos AM. Both Mr Lekakis and Mr Zafiropoulos, endorsed the MP Petro Georgiou’s valedictory speech made in parliament last week when Mr Georgiou attacked both Abbott and Rudd for their approach to asylum seekers. “I believe that the community and religious based organisations should be looking after refugees at a fraction of the cost,” said Mr Lekakis OA, adding that the Department of Immigration can make decisions as to whether they reject their claims or accept them, and there would be “less cost to the community and less human rights abuses.”Mr Zaffiropoulos AM said he shared Mr Georgiou’s pessimism, adding, “here is a person who deserved a ministerial position, but because of his position on refugees and multiculturalism, he was punished.” Mrs Marika Bisas from Victoria was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for ‘services to the Greek community of Victoria.’ The 2007 Castellorizan of the Year, Mrs Bisas, said to Neos Kosmos, “I am a little saddened as there are so many others who have done so much as community volunteers who have not been recognised.” She also pointed to the “increasing gap between those that have and have not” over the last 30 years. Other awardees include Associate Professor John Michael Svigos from South Australia who was recognised for ‘services to medicine… in the field of obstetrics and perinatology.’ He said it was has been a “humbling experience” for him and thanked his patients, his wife and family, his medical and paramedical colleagues and staff. The feeling of the honour was best described by Mr Lekakis who said, “If someone had told me as a boy growing up in a house in Brunswick shared with four other families 40 years ago that one day I would be awarded the Order of Australia I would never have believed them.” Other awardees include: Dr Zissis Tsiaousis Dardalis (VIC) OAM; Irene Frangioudakis (VIC) OAM Michael Angelo (WA) OAM; Emanuel John Comino (NSW) AM for their services to the Greek community and charitable work; Constantinos Nikias (ACT) OAM for services to the community of ACT; Petty Officer Emma Dawn Procopis (NSW) Conspicuous Service Medal for meritorious achievement at HMAS Waterhen; and Anastatios Efkarpidis (ACT) OAM for services to business and the retail sectors.
Virgin Mobile : le MVNO lance une offre quadruple-playVictime du succès de Free Mobile, l’opérateur virtuel (MVNO) Virgin Mobile vient de lancer son offensive. En plus d’un forfait de téléphonie à tout petit prix, il investit le terrain de son concurrent en dévoilant sa toute première offre quadruple-play.Virgin Mobile se lance dans l’Internet terrestre haut débit. Le MVNO a fait les frais de l’arrivée fracassante de Free sur le marché de la téléphonie mobile, mais n’entend pas se laisser abattre. “On a perdu le match aller contre Free, mais nous sommes prêts pour gagner le match retour” a affirmé Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, patron du groupe Oméa-Télécom à laquelle appartient Virgin Mobile, alors qu’il présentait ses nouvelles offres.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Cité par le Parisien, Virgin Mobile a d’abord annoncé le lancement dès le 18 avril prochain d’un forfait Extaz sans engagement fixé à seulement 4,99 euros par mois pour 45 minutes de communication et 450 SMS. Mais la plus grande surprise est l’offre quadruple-play à laquelle les clients Virgin Mobile peuvent d’ores et déjà souscrire. Pour 29,90 euros par mois elle offre les appels illimités vers les fixes de plus de 100 destinations, un forfait mobile comprenant deux heures de communication et les SMS illimités, un accès à Internet 25 méga, et 300 chaînes de télévision. L’abonnement quadruple-play existe dans une seconde version, comprenant cette fois 4 heures de communication, les SMS et les données illimitées, et ce pour 39,99 euros par mois. Pour lancer ses premières offres ASL, Virgin Mobile s’est allié à SFR dont il utilisera les réseaux. Les forfaits seront proposés avec des smartphones subventionnés. Mais Virgin Mobile n’a pas encore précisé quels terminaux il distribuerait.Le 4 avril 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambert
ASA welcomed action by the House this week to advance the FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The bill, which the Senate expects to vote on tomorrow, combines all 12 appropriations bills for various spending categories—including Agriculture, Energy & Water, and other areas that impact soybean farmers—into one measure, and allocates funding for programs within each. Several of these programs represent significant policy priorities for soybean farmers, including those addressing waterways infrastructure, agricultural research, food aid and market reports.The bill’s Energy & Water section includes provisions that will significantly increase funding for waterways components. These provisions are strongly supported by ASA and have been priorities for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), the authorization bill that is currently in conference committee. Under the bill, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction General Account receives $1.6 billion and revises the FY14 cost-sharing formula for the Olmsted Lock & dam project to 75 percent General Funds and 25% percent from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF). Currently the cost-share is split evenly and has resulted in the Olmsted project consuming nearly all of the IWTF dollars. The revised cost share will free up $81.5 million for other projects that have been delayed because of Olmsted’s cost overruns.Another victory for ASA comes in the form of a significant increase in spending for port and navigation channel improvements, funded out of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF). The bill provides $1 billion, an increase of $200-$300 million above HMTF funding levels in previous years, that go to port and navigation channel maintenance and dredging. The HMTF collects approximately $1.6 billion annually and in past years only about half has been provided for actual harbor maintenance, with the rest diverted to general government purposes. ASA has consistently advocated to free up money from the IWTF and increase the amounts from the HMTF that go toward port maintenance and dredging.Within the bill’s Agriculture section, ASA also applauded the allocation of $316.4 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is the nation’s only agriculture-oriented competitive grants program, and the funding of which has been a priority for soybean farmers since its inception.Additionally in the Agriculture section, the nation’s two critical foreign food aid programs received funding. The Food for Peace Program (PL 480) was funded through the bill at $1.466 billion, while the McGovern –Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program received funding at $185 million. Both programs nations in need with assistance in the form of American-grown agricultural commodities, including in many cases, soybean meal and soy flour.Also, the bill’s Agriculture section provided $161.2 million for the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and directs NASS to resume previously-suspended reports and begin compilation of several Current Industrial Reports formerly conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. This includes the “Fats and Oils: Oilseed Crushings (M311J)” and “Fats and Oils: Production, Consumption, and Stocks (M311K)” reports. In 2013, ASA led efforts to provide adequate funding to NASS to resume the reports.
Recruitment firm Hays UK (pictured), telecommunications provider Talk Talk Group and pharmaceutical organisation GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are among the organisations shortlisted in the best financial wellbeing strategy category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2018.The award, sponsored by Wealth at Work, recognises an employer that uses a proactive approach to its workforce’s financial needs and has supported staff in the making of financial, retirement or investment-related benefits decisions.The full category shortlist is:GSK, GSK Financial Fitness Employee Financial Wellbeing ProgrammeHays UK, Hays Financial Wellbeing StrategyHogan Lovells, My Financial WellbeingMedway NHS Foundation TrustOVO Energy, MyRewardsPageGroupTalk Talk Group, Financial WellbeingXPO LogisticsThe winner will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2018 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London on Friday 8 June 2018.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.
Effective June 16, Imagica has welcomed the monsoon season with rates like never before.People can now tour Visit Imagica Theme Park at Rs 1299 only from Monday-Thursday and at Rs 1499 from Friday-Sunday with unlimited ride across the park. One could add Rs 1000 to upgrade to Express Tickets and hop the lines to enjoy rides and make the most of the trip to Imagica.Water enthusiasts can visit Imagica Water Park at Rs 899 from Monday-Thursday and Rs 999 on Friday-Sunday. An amount of Rs 699 can be added to the tickets for an express upgrade to spend more time on the rides.One can also experience India’s largest Snow Park at an add-on cost of Rs 399 on Theme park or Water Park tickets. One can head to Novotel Imagica-India’s first theme park hotel, to spend the night in the hilly surroundings.
“”Zillow, Inc.””:http://www.zillow.com/, announced its sixth acquisition in the last two years. The company has entered into an agreement to buy San Francisco-based “”HotPads””:http://hotpads.com/, a map-based rental and real estate search site.[IMAGE]The $16 million deal is expected to close by the end of the year.HotPad offers rental tools for both consumers and professionals, including a website and five mobile apps across iPhone, iPad, and Android. Nearly 2.8 million unique users visited HotPads in October, most of whom were there to shop for rentals. According to a release from Zillow’s Seattle headquarters, nearly 70 percent of listings viewed on HotPad during October were homes or apartments for rent.The deal marks Zillow’s first acquisition of a primarily consumer-facing company. The real estate information company hopes the purchase will expand the size of its [COLUMN_BREAK]growing rental audience and extend the reach of its marketing tools for professionals.””This acquisition represents a significant step-change for Zillow Rentals, allowing us to dramatically increase the number of leads we send to landlords. HotPads has a younger, complementary and rental-focused audience. Now Zillow will become even more relevant to consumers at the beginning of their real estate life cycle,”” said Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff. Rascoff added that “”by acquiring an amazing engineering team, with a deep understanding of how people search for rentals and become tenants, we expect to accelerate our innovation and monetization of our rental marketplace.””The acquisition signals Zillow’s intent to continue its quick expansion of services. Since June, the company has announced deals to acquire Mortech, Inc., Buyfolio, and RentJuice. According to the company’s release, the acquisitions “”support Zillow’s strategic expansion beyond a traditional media model to offer a suite of marketing and business services to local professionals.””””At HotPads, we’re passionate about empowering people with tools and information to help them find the right place to live, and we have always admired Zillow’s similar vision,”” said Matt Corgan, co-founder and CEO of HotPads. “”Combining Zillow’s toolkit for owners and managers with an unmatched community of new tenants–across Zillow, Yahoo! and HotPads–we believe will enable the first true marketplace at scale for rentals.””HotPads will continue to operate from San Francisco. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Zillow to Grow Rental Offerings with New Acquisition Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Zillow 2012-11-29 Tory Barringer November 29, 2012 433 Views
Nicosia believes the continued presence of UNFICYP is indispensable as long as foreign occupation of almost 37 per cent of the island’s territory persists, First Secretary at the Delegation of the Republic to the United Nations Michael Mavros has stressed.He also said that the UN remains the forum through which a settlement can be achieved and should be at the forefront of efforts to reunite Cyprus.In his address at the 72nd Session of the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly on Comprehensive Review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects, Mavros said Cyprus strongly believes in the vital role of UN peacekeeping missions around the world.He noted that as a host country of a peacekeeping operation since 1964, Cyprus is particularly grateful to the UN and to all of UNFICYP’s personnel-contributing countries for their decades-long involvement on the island.Mavros said UNFICYP is currently undergoing a review, mandated by the Security Council in July and expected to be completed in November.During this review, he added, it should be borne in mind that the situation on the ground has, unfortunately, not changed since 1974.The Cypriot diplomat said that as long as foreign occupation of almost 37 per cent of the island’s territory persists, the host government deems the continued presence of UNFICYP, and particularly its military component, in its current mandate and configuration, as indispensable.He went on to say that UNFICYP is the least costly UN peacekeeping operation, constituting only 0.5 per cent of the total peacekeeping budget, given that Cyprus and Greece voluntarily cover almost 50 per cent of the force’s resources.“We expect that, during this process, the Secretariat will fully abide by the Security Council directive that the review must be ‘focused on findings and recommendations for how UNFICYP should be optimally configured to implement its existing mandate, based exclusively on rigorous evidence-based assessment of the impact of UNFICYP activities’,” Mavros said.In a time of global financial strain, he added, “Cyprus fully understands the need for better use of resources however, we maintain the view that reducing the cost of peacekeeping should not constitute an end in itself; rather, looking into the possibility of savings should be just one of the parameters under examination in the process of peacekeeping reform.”He said “any review of peacekeeping operations should be guided by the situation on the ground. The objective and mandate should always correspond to the situation on the ground, and, in turn, the means available to an operation must correspond to its objective and mandate.”“We are certain that the situation on the ground and the prospects for peace would now be much worse had it not been for the UN´s involvement all these years. The UN remains the forum through which a settlement can be achieved and should be at the forefront of efforts to reunite Cyprus”.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola