With 36 people killed in the violence triggered by supporters of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda sect, authorities are now establishing the identity of the dead and conducting post-mortems.“We have 17 bodies here; post-mortem examination is being carried out … We will inform the police once it is over. They will inform the families after identification is completed,” V.K. Bansal, chief medical officer at the civil hospital in Panchkula, told The Hindu.The Haryana government on Saturday said that no resident of Panchkula, the epicentre of the violence, had been reported missing, injured or killed.Also Read Take judge by air to Rohtak jail to pronounce jail term for Dera chief, orders HC High security in PunjabPunjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh said the State had beefed up security at vital installations and was ready to enforce curfew in sensitive areas again, if needed. “It has also been decided to extend the ban on mobile data services in the State till Tuesday (August 29),” he said, adding that 19 potential trouble-makers had been taken into preventive custody and the crackdown would continue ahead of the sentencing. The main leaders of Dera Sacha Sauda, who are likely to instigate followers, are either being taken into confidence or arrested.Capt. Singh said the curfew had been lifted in three districts and relaxed in the other areas.He said that police officers had visited all the 98 ‘Naam Sacha Ghars’ of the Dera in the State and recovered lathis, pipes, rods, axes and petrol bombs. Director-General of Police, Haryana, B.S. Sandhu said that while 30 people were killed in Panchkula, six causalities were reported from Sirsa. “As many as 34 cases have been registered till now by the police in the entire episode, and 552 people have been arrested. Investigations are under way,” he said. “The process of identification [of the bodies] has started and so far, we have identified 13 bodies and their families are being informed.”Sedition casesHaryana Chief Secretary D.S. Dhesi told presspersons that two cases of sedition had been registered against Dera followers and investigation was under way. “During the operation, the police recovered one AK 47 rifle and one Mauser rifle from the vehicle of a Dera follower, and two rifles and five pistols were recovered from another vehicle,” he said.He said peace was prevailing throughout the State and all security arrangements had been made for Monday, when the quantum of sentence would be decided.Also Read Dera head treated like any other convict: Rohtak Deputy Commissioner As many as 101 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in the State, while the Army has been deployed in Panchkula and Sirsa. Curfew has been relaxed in Panchkula and Sirsa, he said. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas said that the efficient action taken by the security forces to disperse the violent mob in about three-and-a-half hours had prevented the situation from worsening.Haryana Deputy Advocate-General Gurdass Singh Salwara was sacked as he was seen carrying the luggage of the Dera chief while the latter was taken to Rohtak.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said there was an urgent need to focus on skill development to generate jobs.He said skill development centres should be set up across Maharashtra in colleges and universities. Mr. Fadnavis was speaking while inaugurating Symbiosis Skill Centre of Excellence at Kiwale on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Mr. Fadnavis said, “Youth constitute 60% of the country’s population today. The need of the hour is to equip our human resources with the right sort of skills.” He said skill development would pave the path to social and economic progress. Mr. Fadnavis said, “There are myriad ways in which the youth can contribute to the country’s progress. The State and the country are in dire need of more thinkers, innovators and doers who can put ideas into practice.” He said, “We need a speedy convergence of industry and the academic world to equip young people with necessary skills and hands-on experience.” Dr. S.B. Majumdar, founder, Symbiosis group of institutions, said, “Skill development can help redress large-scale unemployment.”
Implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, free education for girls up to the graduation level, supply of purified drinking water to every household, free health insurance, one job for each family, free smartphones to students, regularisation of contractual staff and higher wages are the highlights of the BJP’s Vision Document for Tripura.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday released the 30-page Vision Document as party manifesto for the February 18 Assembly elections.Mr. Jaitley said the NDA government at the Centre would support the implementation of the promises if the alliance of the BJP and the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura was voted to power. He said the Left Front government, during its long rule, had failed to implement any welfare programmes despite huge support from the Centre.“This is why we see a huge anti-incumbency feeling prevailing in the State. It’s like a revolt situation against the CPI(M),” he said.He said the CPI(M) would be left to fight for the third or fourth place in the elections. “The BJP has occupied the non-Left political space of the State to fulfil the wishes of the people,” he said.
Jos Buttler is a treat to watch when is in full swing. He is a clean-hitter, he runs fast between the wickets and he can pick gaps with the precision of a surgeon. (Mumbai Indians star Jos Buttler reacts after 37-ball 77: Was desperate to kick-on)Besides, Buttler is a soft-spoken man, always wears a polite smile and generally comes across as an affable guy on the field because he is not known to needle opponents and seems like the kind of guy who is happy to just turn up on the field, destroy bowling attacks and walk back a happy man. (Stats: Hashim Amla, Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana highlight 600th IPL match)Buttler could not have been more different from Virender Sehwag, who never shied away from giving it back to the opposition if they chose to sledge him; Viru was never short of a witty word here and a clever line there. Plain and simple: you never messed with Sehwag on the field – he would retort with his tongue AND bat. (This match reminded me of the 195 we chased vs Rajasthan in 2014: Rohit Sharma)However, Buttle, calm and subdued as a person, has wisely decided to follow Sehwag’s mantra for success: see ball, hit ball.The 26-year-old Englishman had been entrusted the role of opening the innings for Mumbai Indians but he had come a cropper – managing only 108 runs in five matches before running into Kings XI Punjab, where Sehwag is now mentor. (Also read: It was nice to get some runs, says modest Hashim Amla after 60-ball 104*)advertisementFaced with a steep chase of 198, Buttler finally found form and hammered 77 off 37 balls, striking at over 200. Mumbai stormed home with 27 balls to spare. That was the kind of innings and the sort of chase Sehwag would be proud of. How often has he done that for India over the years! (Amla’s 104* one of the best knocks we would ever see, says Rohit Sharma)Buttler, like Sehwag, does not make things complicated. The Indian legend batted to express himself and that’s what the young Englishman has done everytime he has walked out to the field.That whirlwind knock against KXIP should not surprise anyone. Buttler likes to bat like a man possessed and when faced with huge chases, he likes to bring out his natural game. Shades of Sehwag.”It was very close actually to my natural way of batting. It is nice actually when the opposition scores big; (then) you know you have only one way to take the game on,” Buttler told iplt20.com.”(On Thursday) From the outset I was really looking to play my shots and kick on so that’s a very natural way of batting – see ball, hit ball.”Mumbai have now won five successive games, thanks largely to their young, uncapped stars Nitish Rana and Krunal Pandya. Hardik has delivered with both bat and ball as has Jasprit Bumrah.But it is the runs from Buttler’s bats at the top and Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard down the order that will allow MI to maintain their sensational run in the tournament. Buttler could not have adopted Sehwag’s philosophy at a better time.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is not concerned by the prospect of Robert Lewandowski being Bayern Munich’s only recognised out-and-out striker for the remainder of the season.Bayern sanctioned the sale of Sandro Wagner on Wednesday, just a year on from his arrival from Hoffenheim, after the Germany international received a lucrative offer from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda.Speaking after the transfer was confirmed, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic stated: “Sandro Wagner came up to us and asked for a release from his contract. He has a very attractive offer from China and we have met his request. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We expressly thank Sandro for spending time with FC Bayern and wish him all the best and much success for his future in China.”With Bayern trailing leaders Borussia Dortmund by six points in the Bundesliga table, and still competing in the DFB-Pokal and Champions League, the decision to sell without drafting in a replacement came as a surprise to some.But Bayern chairman Rummenigge is confident the likes of Thomas Muller or Serge Gnabry could fill the void should something happen to Lewandowski.”Sandro asked [to leave] because he had an offer from China with an incredibly high salary,” Rummenigge told reporters.”We discussed that with the coach and Niko Kovac thought that with Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry, in case of doubt, we have alternatives.”But Robert Lewandowski has never been injured at Bayern Munich since 2014.”Rummenigge also accepted Bayern face a tough task to hunt down a Dortmund side who have lost just once in the league this season.”Borussia Dortmund are playing a very good and very stable season,” he added. “Catching them up there again will be very difficult, but we will work to keep the tension at the top alive.”
STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 11: A general view of Davis Wade Stadium during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers on October 11, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A college football player has been suspended by his program for endangering the life of an animal. According to a report, Mississippi State indefinitely suspended offensive lineman Michael Story as a result of the charges.Brett Hudson of The Commercial Dispatch wrote the suspension is a result of Story mistreating a dog. According to the report, police arrested Story on a misdemeanor count of aggravated cruelty to a cat or dog.Story allegedly locked his dog in his apartment with no food or water.Here are the details from the report.In the complaint, the accuser, whose name is redacted, said Story “shut Kodak the Great Dane in the back room of his apartment and did not feed or water Kodak the Great Dane since Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, until Aug. 18, 2018. Mr. Story then stated at a later time that Kodak the Great Dane had been in the bedroom of the apartment for roughly a week’s time.”New head coach Joe Moorhead wasted no time in suspending Story.The junior offensive lineman has been working with the second-team. He started two games for the Bulldogs as a freshman, but hasn’t stared for the program since.
Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits As you know there is a plethora of grooming products out there these days and many are from the big bad corporate companies yearning to tap a market and make another buck. But it is grooming lines like Triumph and Disaster who we really trust with protecting our rugged mug.Created by the New Zealand professional cricket player Dion Nash, it stems from his years of sun exposure (read: Damage) and how best to save his face. As he told us, “There were very few men’s products available at the time (early 90s), so explaining away the pink lotions and face scrubs had its moments with my team mates.”When he retired from sport he entered into business which has ultimately led to Triumph & Disaster (literally, as he told us with a laugh). Having a sports background and a clear understanding of how guys use products and the performance needs they have really helped when it came to creating the T&D formulations. It was important for Nash from the outset that he was moving the dial forward and improving on what was out there, he did not want to create ‘just another product’; they had to perform and be best in show. He has done an exemplary job on that end creating stellar moisturizers, facial cleansers, shave creams and even a volcanic ash and green clay scrub. Boom.We got Dion on the ole yammer to hear about his personal style. Here is how he broke it down for us:Shirts: I love Zambesi and Costume National – we have recently implemented ‘suit Tuesdays’ at the office so it means we are dressing up a bit more which has put the pressure on as I have a couple of Ryan Gosling / James Franco sales guys setting the pace.Pants: Zambesi and Costume National – although to be honest I also probably wear too many jeans from Kill City and Acne.Shoes: Many and varied but currently a bit hooked on Jeffery West. Alexander McQueen Pumas are on today although you caught me on an flash day, my usual would be Converse.Socks: What I can find – hopefully they match.Sunglasses: I have yellow and black Ray-Bans that I just cannot shake, normally I lose sunnies as quick as I buy them but this pair has hung in there and I’m sort of attached now.Jewelry: Bespoke signet ring made for Triumph & Disaster by Naveya and Sloane and a skull necklace my wife gave me from Wunderkammer.Suits: Crane Brothers / Costume Nationale / ZambesiTies: Not oftenFor Cricket: For one day cricket (played over one day) think baseball crossed with 20s fashion, in that the uniforms are colorful and have many of the components you would recognize of a sports uniform but at the same time are totally impractical and more suited to dancing the Charleston or buying a martini at the bar.For Test Cricket: (played over five days) we wear white from head to toe, this can look good on some people – check out pictures of Imran Kahn in his prime. Again though not really athletic gear as you might imagine it. Editors’ Recommendations Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra West Skincare Is the Best New Grooming Product Line for Active Guys The Best Natural Tattoo Aftercare Tips and Suggestions
zoom Athens-based shipping company Diana Containerships has amended its USD 148 million loan agreement with The Royal Bank of Scotland, which would prohibit the company from paying dividends and buying additional vessels until September 15, 2018.Other amendments of the loan with The Royal Bank of Scotland, which was signed in September 2015, include the prepayment of the amount of USD 7.6 million by September 15, 2016, a reduction in the first four consecutive quarterly repayment instalments under each loan tranche, and the deferral of all quarterly repayments until September 15, 2017.Furthermore, the changes include the creation of a new USD 8.8 million tranche out of the reallocation of amounts due under the existing tranches, whose repayment will commence on March 15, 2019, Diana Containerships said.Additionally, the company has amended its USD 50 million loan agreement with Diana Shipping dated May 20, 2013, to defer its repayment until the later of the repayment or prepayment in full by the company of the deferred tranche under The Royal Bank of Scotland Loan and September 15, 2018.The agreements are expected to result in “improvements to Diana Containerships’ liquidity and current cash flows in the challenging market for the container sector,” Simeon Palios, Diana Shipping’s Chairman and CEO, said.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Slovenia-based supplier of blockchain solutions for logistics, CargoX has launched the first open, neutral, and accessible blockchain platform in the shipping industry. The company said that, by using the CargoX platform, shipping, freight forwarding, NVOCC, exporting and importing companies, forwarder alliances and networks, and ecosystems providing solutions for logistics and supply chains all over the world can speed up their business and slash costs.The neutral and partner-independent platform offers a decentralized and cryptographically secure environment for sending digital documentation by means of a public blockchain network. It supports multi-user workflows, it is integration friendly since it is accessible through a browser, and it requires only a minimum investment for customers to start using it, according to CargoX.The CargoX platform is based on the CargoX’s Blockchain Document Transaction System (BDTS) technology. Additionally, the platform gives companies the power to create, transfer, and state undoubted ownership of information or documentation, and the various types of maritime shipping documents are only the first to be available – among them the master bill of lading, house bill of lading, telex and express releases, switch bill of lading, sea waybills, and other types of documents and custom attachments. CargoX confirmed that blockchain-based letters of credit (L/C) and trade finance solutions, which are already in development, will be added soon.The system stores documents and data securely encrypted on a public globally accessible blockchain network, hence implementation of new infrastructure is not needed. The platform can be used by businesses of any size.
New Delhi/Geneva: An irked India on Monday lodged a strong protest with the UN rights office over its report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, slamming it as a continuation of the earlier “false and motivated” narrative and violative of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.In a strong reaction, the External Affairs Ministry said the report ignores the core issue of cross-border terrorism and seems to accord a legitimacy to terrorism that is in complete variance with positions of UN Security Council, which had strongly condemned the dastardly Pulwama terror attack and subsequently proscribed Masood Azhar, the Pakistan-based terrorist. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!India’s retort came after the Geneva-based Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which last year released its first-ever report on Kashmir, issued an ‘update’ of the 2018 report on Monday, claiming that “neither India nor Pakistan have taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised”. The report said the civilian casualties reported in Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir from May 2018 to April 2019 may be the highest in over a decade and called on the UN Human Rights Council to consider “the possible establishment of a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigations into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir”. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedReplying to a query about the report, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in New Delhi said the update of the earlier OHCHR report is “merely a continuation of the earlier false and motivated narrative” on the situation in J-K. Kumar also asserted that the report’s assertions are in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and ignore the core issue of cross-border terrorism. “A situation created by years of cross-border terrorist attacks emanating from Pakistan has been ‘analysed’ without any reference to its causality,” Kumar said.”The update seems to be a contrived effort to create an artificial parity between the world’s largest and the most vibrant democracy and a country that openly practices state-sponsored terrorism,” he said. “We have registered our strong protest regarding the update with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The release of such an update has not only called into question the seriousness of OHCHR but also its alignment with the larger approach of the United Nations,” Kumar said. Expressing “deep concern” that the report seems to accord a legitimacy to terrorism that is in complete variance with UNSC positions, Kumar said, “the UNSC had, in February 2019, strongly condemned the dastardly Pulwama terror attack and subsequently proscribed Masood Azhar, the self-styled leader of terrorist entity Jaish-e-Mohammed. However, in the update, terrorist leaders and organisations sanctioned by the UN are deliberately underplayed as ‘armed groups’.” “The legitimisation of terrorism has been further compounded by an unacceptable advocacy of the dismemberment of a UN member state”, the MEA spokesperson said. India follows the policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism and will take all measures to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty against cross-border terrorism, Kumar said. “Motivated attempts to weaken our national resolve will never succeed.” Asserting that the entire state of J-K is an integral part of India, Kumar said Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state, including the so called “Azad Jammu and Kashmir” and “Gilgit-Baltistan”. India has repeatedly called on Pakistan to vacate these occupied territories, he said. The report, by distorting India’s policies, practices and values, has undermined its own credibility, he said. The report’s failure to recognise an independent judiciary, human rights institutions and other mechanisms in J-K that safeguard, protect and promote constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights to all citizens of India is “unpardonable”, Kumar said.
HAMILTON – Stelco Holdings Inc. is trading 11 per cent higher than its opening asking price on its first day of trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Stelco priced its initial public offering at $17 a share to pull in an expected $200 million. Its stock was up $1.90 at $18.90 in morning trading on the TSX.The Hamilton-based steel company says it plans to use the money for capital investments, pension payments, and to increase its offerings in specialized steel products.It wants to grow its offerings in galvanized steel, in part to regain a foothold in the nearby auto industry where it used to have a significant presence.The company says it could also invest in co-generation to reduce its reliance on Ontario’s high electricity costs, and thereby reduce operating costs in the power-intensive industry.Stelco’s history goes back to 1910 but in recent years has been beset by financial problems. It went into creditor protection in 2004 and was sold as a subsidiary to U.S. Steel Co. in 2007, then went back into creditor protection in 2014 before being sold to Bedrock Industries L.P. in late 2016.At the end of June, Stelco emerged from creditor protection under its original name, having eliminated $3 billion of debt and about $1.4 billion of pension and other retirement obligations.
London: Britain has asked EU leaders to delay Brexit until June 30, Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament on Wednesday, on eve of an EU summit in Brussels. May said she had written to EU President Donald Tusk “informing him that the UK seeks an extension to the Article 50 period to June 30”. “I don’t want a long extension,” she said, warning that a longer delay would mean Britain having to hold European Parliament elections at the end of May. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The idea that three years after voting to leave the EU, the people of this country should be asked to elect a new set of MEPs is, I believe, unacceptable,” she said. “As prime minister, I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than June 30,” she said. In the letter to Tusk released by Downing Street, May said she intended to bring the Brexit deal she has negotiated with the EU back to parliament even though MPs have rejected it twice by overwhelming margins. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”If the motion is passed, I am confident that parliament will proceed to ratify the deal constructively. But this will clearly not be completed before 29 March 2019,” she wrote, adding that the timetable for passing the necessary legislation to allow Brexit was “inevitably uncertain”. “I am therefore writing to inform the European Council that the UK is seeking an extension to the Article 50 period… until 30 June 2019.” Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a cabinet revolt if she asked the EU for a long delay to Brexit, media reports said Wednesday, even after she had warned MPs of such a possibility. Downing Street confirmed that May would be asking EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday to delay Britain’s March 29 exit day by only a short period, saying voters wanted to get on with Brexit. The decision followed a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, where several Brexit-supporting ministers reportedly indicated they might quit if the delay was long. Any delay can only be decided by EU leaders. One source was reported as saying that the divisions at the top of British government made it feel “like the last days of Rome”. May herself has repeatedly said she does not want to delay Brexit, but has conceded this is highly likely given the parliamentary deadlock over the process. MPs have twice rejected the divorce deal she struck with Brussels, and also ruled out leaving the EU with no deal.
Entitled ‘The Future We Want: Biodiversity and Ecosystems – Driving Sustainable Development,’ the strategy will see the UN Development Programme (UNDP) work with national governments to protect biodiversity and manage ecosystems across 1.4 billion hectares of land and bodies of water, the agency said in a news release.UNDP said it will also help governments find new ways to finance biodiversity management through “domestic revenue, innovative financial mechanisms, and donor funding from a range of sources.”“Human survival depends heavily on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, yet in recent decades, the world has experienced unprecedented biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, undermining the very foundations of life on earth,” said UNDP’s Associate Administrator, Rebeca Grynspan. “As 1.2 billion people living in severe poverty depend directly on nature for their basic needs and livelihoods, this needs urgent international attention.” UNDP unveiled the strategy at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CDB COP 11), taking place in Indian city of Hyderabad. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force in 1993 and calls for conserving biological diversity, ensuring its sustainable use, and ensuring that benefits arising from any use are fairly distributed.The Conference adopted the new strategy, which UNDP said is designed to help countries integrate biodiversity management with development planning, enable protected areas to contribute to sustainable development, and ensure that management and rehabilitation of ecosystems mitigate the effects of climate change.“The launch of UNDP’s new Framework is very timely,” said CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Dias. “I believe it will be vital in guiding UNDP’s support to countries to speed up implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,” he noted, in reference to 20 biodiversity conservation goals set by the 10th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Japan, for achieving by 2020.“We have a window of opportunity between now and 2020 to help countries shift the course of development to maintain and enhance their natural capital, and UNDP’s work will be crucial in this regard,” Mr. Dias added.UNDP already manages the largest portfolio of biodiversity and ecosystems work in the UN system, overseeing 512 projects costing $5 billion in 146 countries.Some of that money is provided through CBD’s main financing channel, the Global Environment Facility, which partners 182 countries with public and private entities to address global environmental issues, and which UNDP said it will seek as a source to help governments fund projects in the new strategy.“The funding will be used for projects that foster economic growth, create jobs, protect endangered species and habitats, and help build resilient communities that maintain natural areas for agricultural support and as a buffer against natural disasters such as droughts and floods,” UNDP said in the news release.
A. Salam Qureishi grew up in India and knew nothing about football — or America. And yet in the early 1960s, Qureishi, a computer programmer and statistician, helped the Dallas Cowboys overhaul their scouting system, replacing hunches with hard numbers.The result: five Super Bowl appearances and two titles. FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films present “The Cowboys and the Indian,” directed by Mark Polish. It’s the second film in our short series “Signals.” (Watch our first “Signals” film, “The Man vs. the Machine,” here.)
Peter Yiallouris, a prominent member of the Greek community in Melbourne, passed away last week at the age of 90.Born in Ayia Napa, Limassol, Peter, a Second World War veteran, migrated to Australia in 1950. He served the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria as a president or as an office bearer for more than 30 years. Peter was a founding member of the Federation of the Greek Senior Citizens Clubs, a founding member of the Justice for Cyprus Committee (SEKA) and a lifelong long supporter of the Australian Greek Welfare Society. He was also a contributor for the establishment of the Fair Go for Pensioners Coalition, an Australia wide organisation fighting for the rights of senior citizens.For his contributions to the Greek Australian community and the wider community Peter Yiallouris was honoured with an OAM. He also won the acclaim of the government of Cyprus and of the Greek and Cypriot Australian Community of Melbourne and Victoria. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Toby Alderweireld is in the right frame of mind now at Tottenham, despite making no progress with contract talksThe 29-year-old defender will be out of contract with Spurs at the end of the season and had been strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United in the last transfer window.But Alderweireld revealed that while there are no updates in regards to a new deal at the Premier League side, becoming a first-time dad has given him a new sense of optimism.“I’m the old Toby again. I try to do my best and help the team,” Alderweireld told Sky Sports.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“How happy am I on a scale of one to 10? When you have a daughter it’s 10 out of 10. It doesn’t matter what happens. The joy that I get from that, I try to give it to my football.”As for a new deal at Spurs, he added: “Not that I can say, no. I’m focused on Spurs and trying to help the team. That’s all I can do.”Alderweireld has made nine starts for Spurs this season and is currently with the Belgium squad ahead of their Uefa Nations League games against Switzerland and the Netherlands.
SEATTLE — Helping Democrat Jay Inslee defeat Republican Rob McKenna in the gubernatorial race is a higher priority for the statewide teachers’ union this year than whether voters approve public charter schools.“I think it’s pretty clear that we have a real priority in making sure that we get someone elected as governor who will put kids first,” said Mary Lindquist, president of the Washington Education Association.The political action committee for the Washington Education Association is one of the top contributors to a group called OUR Washington, which is behind the pro-Inslee TV ad series purporting to show “The Real Rob McKenna.”The WEA PAC has contributed $500,000 of the $5 million raised as of this week for that effort, while the National Education Association has put in another $500,000, according to reports filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission. The political action committee gets its cash from donations by teachers, about a third of whom support the political activities of their union.That makes the state and national teachers’ unions the biggest supporters of those ads after the Democratic Governors Association.Lindquist said the WEA focused its money on the governor’s race — as well as keeping lawmakers in office who understand the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on school spending — because it believes the main problem facing Washington schools is a lack of a reliable funding source.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Police say a trooper has been wounded during a traffic stop on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles.The agency has not described the extent of the injury. A spokesman says the suspect involved in the shooting died Thursday afternoon.More officers were headed to the scene.The state Department of Transportation says the freeway is closed in both directions between Biggs Junction and Rufus and is expected to remain that way all afternoon.The stretch of I-84 between milepost 105 and 109 is expected to remain closed for 5 or 6 hours, said Trooper Will Finn, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol. Motorists will be diverted to Highway 14 via Highway 97 and 197, which may result in heavy traffic on the Washington side of the river until 10 p.m. this evening, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. (WSVN) – A gas line ruptured, Thursday morning, in Pembroke Park.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units, including hazmat, were on the scene near the 3100 block of West Hallandale Beach Boulevard.The gas line ruptured shortly after 10:20 a.m. and, according to BSO Fire Rescue, it was capped. about 30 minutes from when the units arrived.An eastbound lane in the area was shut down while crews were on the scene, but it has since reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Several South Florida fire departments kicked off the Fill the Boot drive in Doral, Thursday.The drive is a Muscular Dystrophy Association event that helps kids and adults suffering from muscle-debilitating diseases.Firefighters will be at intersections across South Florida all weekend to collect money for the drive.To date, more than $630 million has been raised for local families.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.