This is the day of retribution Accused van killers chilling police interview

first_imgWarning: The video and story below contain disturbing content.Editor’s note: 680 NEWS and CityNews have decided not to publish the entire video of the interview between Toronto police and Alek Minassian. This decision has been done with careful consideration of the potential impact of what publishing the entire video could have had on the victims’ families and friends. Instead, we chose to publish portions of the video as part of the larger story about what seemed to have motivated the accused. After eight hours of restful sleep, Alek Minassian woke up around 7 a.m. on the morning of April 23, 2018, had breakfast, brushed his teeth, and ventured out to pick up the van he had rented. Just days prior, the 25-year-old completed his final exams at Seneca College. But instead of becoming a computer programmer, he would soon become one of Toronto’s most notorious accused mass murderers.After signing some obligatory paperwork, Minassian jumped behind the wheel of the van and headed towards Yonge Street.“I’m thinking that this is it, this is the day of retribution … and then as soon as I saw there was pedestrians, I just decided to go for it.”“I floor the pedal.”Those chilling words were uttered by Minassian just hours after the van attack that killed 10 and injured 16 along a busy stretch of Yonge Street in North York over a year ago.On Friday morning, a publication ban was lifted on the statement Minassian gave police after his dramatic arrest, providing a disturbing glimpse into what may have inspired him to allegedly get behind the wheel of a rented van and plough down innocent civilians.As Minassian coolly explained to Senior Detective Rob Thomas in a nearly four-hour long interview, it was a growing resentment towards women — fuelled by like-minded individuals on the dark recesses of the internet — that spawned the attack he’s accused of carrying out.Minassian told Thomas he was “kind of a nerd in high school” but said he was treated well by other students. He got along with his family and said his parents were supportive.But when he went to college to study software development, he began to develop a growing resentment towards women.Incel rebellionMinassian described what he called a humiliating “defining moment” when he attended a Halloween house party in 2013.“I walked in and attempted to socialize with some girls, however they all laughed at me and held the arms of the big guys instead.”“I felt very angry,” he explained.Minassian, who described himself as “ultraconservative” and a “hardcore gamer” soon found a community of sympathizers on online chat boards like 4chan and Reddit.When he wasn’t playing violent video-games up to five hours a day to “let out all my urges,” he was often chatting about his sexual frustrations from his laptop at home or at the library computer at Seneca.He joined a sub-Reddit called “Forever Alone,” where he learned about and began to identify with the incel community — a term that stands for “involuntarily celibate.”It’s also where he claims he began chatting with two other incels, Elliot Rodger and Chris Harper Mercer, both of whom went on to commit mass killings that ended in their respective suicides.“We discussed our frustrations at society and being unable to get laid and we were plotting certain timed strikes,” Minassian explained.When 22-year-old Rodger killed six people and injured more than a dozen others near the University of California in 2014, Minassian said he was inspired, calling Rodger the “founding forefather,” of the incel rebellion — a plan to eliminate alpha males so incels could reproduce with attractive women.“It’s basically a movement of angry incels, such as myself, who are unable to get laid, therefore we want to overthrow the Chads (alpha males).”Minassian says he last spoke to Rodger just days before the California attack.“He told me he has to go, he’s on a very important mission and he might not make it back alive,” Minassian told Thomas. “I felt kind of proud of him for his acts of bravery.”“I started to feel radicalized at that time,” he continued. “Meaning I felt it was time to take action and not just sit on the sidelines and just fester in my own sadness.”Minassian said Rodgers’ killing spree prompted him to take action.“I was at Seneca College and I decided to phone Ryder and book either a truck or a van with them and they had a 10-foot van available … so I figured that this is perfect … it’s big enough to have an effect but not too big that I can’t maneuver with it, so the van was the perfect medium sized to use as my weapon,” he said.“I was thinking that I would inspire future masses to join me in my uprising as well.”Before allegedly committing the deadly attack, Minassian said he shared his plans on 4chan, and posted a final Facebook message, stating that the incel rebellion has already begun“Quite a few people were congratulating me because I suspect they probably knew what I meant by what I said,” he explained.Minassian, who will face a judge-only trial starting in February, went on to describe using the van as a weapon to strike civilians, saying he only stopped when a drink splashed on the van’s windshield, obstructing his vision.“I wanted to do more but I’ve kind of been foiled by a lack of visibility,” he said.He added that he was hoping to die by police gunfire, but said an officer didn’t shoot when he pulled out his wallet as though it was a gun.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“Not the usual everyday experience,” he concluded.“I’m feeling good.”last_img read more

Stars Give Back To Singapore

first_imgA huge number of stars are giving back to Singapore as part of the Sands For Singapore Festival auction.As the hotspot for international stars and sports celebrities, Marina Bay Sands has inspired these celebrities to contribute a personal item of their own to be auctioned off during the Sands for Singapore Festival. Whether they were there as a VIP guest, a special movie premiere or a store opening, these generous celebrities have a left a bit of themselves right here in Singapore, joining the integrated resort in giving back to Singapore.Proceeds from the auction will go to the Budding Times Budding Artist Fund – which helps underprivileged children develop their talents in music, dance, theatre and the visual arts – as well as the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which gives a monthly stipend to students from low-income homes to help them with school-related expenses.Among the items up for auction are soccer boots signed by David Beckham, a Rio Ferdinand signed jersey, items from Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria, a silk scarf signed by Jackie Chan, a CD signed by Engelbert Humperdinck, and much more.The auction is open until August 1, and can be accessed here.last_img read more

Lack of funding prevents UN from helping most vulnerable in Kyrgyzstan

In spite of the Government’s best efforts and a relatively mild winter in the Central Asian nation, power cuts and food insecurity continue, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Last month, the UN and its aid partners launched a $21 million Flash Appeal to feed nearly 600,000 people and provide shelter for more than 210,000 people, including 10,000 children. The funds are also intended to provide back-up power to over 300 health care institutions to ensure that they can continue their life-saving activities.Due to severe energy rationing, the entire population in Kyrgyzstan receives power for between only six and 14 hours daily, leading to disruptions in critical social services in areas of greatest need.This has led to alarming new problems, such as a doubling of the monoxide poisoning rate in the capital Bishkek because people are resorting to using unsafe alternative fuels. Additionally, 200,000 children have not been able to attend school due to inadequate heat and electrical supplies.The country has also been impacted by an 80 per cent surge in gas and electricity prices, leading to a precarious food security situation for some families. One in five households – or 1 million people – is considered food insecure and is at high nutritional and health risk.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has started providing food for 40,000 households in the poorest parts of Kyrgyzstan, but this is only one-third of the total targeted by the Flash Appeal.For its part, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will distribute 7,500 households with seeds, fodder and veterinary medicine, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will support six shelters sheltering over 400 children and two institutions with nearly 400 severely disabled children.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will provide emergency food supplies for all 1,000 refugee and asylum-seeking families registered in Kyrgyzstan.OCHA stressed that a large majority of needs laid out by the Appeal have not been met, which could allow the suffering of the vulnerable to continue. 23 January 2009Just over 10 per cent of a United Nations appeal to help 800,000 of the most vulnerable people in Kyrgyzstan, which is in need of back-up power supplies and food, has been funded, the world body’s humanitarian office announced today. read more

Health Canada revokes licences of pot producer Agrima Botanicals

VANCOUVER — Cannabis producer Agrima Botanicals Corp. has had its licences revoked by Health Canada, months after the company disclosed the regulator’s finding that “unauthorized activities” with pot took place at the firm.Agrima is now listed on Health Canada’s website of licensed producers with the status “revoked,” after having its licences suspended last fall.Agrima’s parent company Ascent Industries Corp said in November that the regulator had asserted that “unauthorized activities” involving cannabis occurred at the company during a period of time when it was privately held, but it was appealing its suspension.Health Canada has said it suspended Agrima’s producer and dealer’s licence under the former Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations for non-compliance with the regulations, and notified it in November that it intended to revoke them.The revocation comes after the B.C. based cannabis company filed for creditor protection earlier this year to address near-term liquidity issues which it says were in “large part” caused by the suspension of its licences.A July 9 report by Ascent’s court-appointed monitor Ernst & Young said the firm hired a consultant to engage with Health Canada about the sale or transfer of the suspended licences, but received no response from the regulator.Ascent was not immediately available for comment.The Canadian Press read more

Guyana Police Force stages anniversary parade concert

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedStirring route march marks 179th anniversary of the Police ForceJuly 7, 2018In “Crime”ROAD CLOSURE ADVISORYJuly 5, 2019In “latest news”Police march in hundreds for anniversary paradeJuly 4, 2015In “Business” Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Police Commissioner Leslie James taking the salute during the parade this afternoonAs the Guyana Police Force continues with a series of planned activities to commemorate its 180th anniversary, scores of police officers from various departments took to the streets of Georgetown on Saturday afternoon.The ranks marched briskly throughout the City, braving light showers.The parade commenced at the Tactical Services Unit Drill Square, Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, then proceeded through several main streets in downtown Georgetown before heading into Brickdam.There, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan along with Commissioner of Police Leslie James took the salutes from the participants in front of the Public Security Ministry’s building.The parade then headed to the Durban Park Square, where a public concert was held in celebration of the Force’s 180 years of existence and service to the country. read more

Geoforma helps Delair expand its Mexico offering

first_imgDelair, a supplier of commercial drone solutions to markets including mining, has announced an agreement with Geoforma SA de CV, a provider of UAV sales and support to commercial surveyors in Mexico.As part of the agreement, Geoforma will operate Delair’s first service centres on the ground in Latin America, expanding the company’s international network of sales and support, Delair said.“Delair has made strong inroads into the Latin American market, with a line of commercial UAV platforms aimed at specific markets such as utilities, power, agriculture and farming, mining, construction, transportation and geospatial,” the company said. “Through the expanded agreement with Geoforma, which has provided sales support for Delair for two years, customers in Mexico will have a highly skilled service operation to assist with repair, maintenance, training and operational optimisation.”The service centre is located in Mexico City and will offer certified repair and maintenance services, as well as on-line and call support to Delair customers.Delair worked with Geoforma technicians to certify them on the latest maintenance and repairs processes required to optimise the operations of its UX11 drone. The training took place at Delair’s main manufacturing facility and company headquarters in Toulouse, France.The Delair UX11 UAV, introduced commercially last year, is one of Delair’s top-of-the-line drones. The fixed-wing unit is a hardware-software platform that provides highly accurate images for survey-grade mapping, with on-board processing capabilities and real-time, long-range control via 3G/4G cellular networks or radio links. The platform’s centimeter-level precision, along with its efficient operational characteristics, make it the most cost-effective solution for large area surveying and mapping.Stefanie David, Channel Marketing Manager at Delair, said: “Geoforma has distinguished itself as a highly reliable and service-oriented supplier to commercial drone users in key industries in the Mexico market. Their expertise and professionalism are great assets for us as we expand further into Latin America and it’s important that our customers in this region have access to local expert service and support so we can we minimise downtime when their drones require maintenance or repairs.“Having a team of trained and qualified technicians like Geoforma on the ground in Mexico will ensure a much more efficient service process and reduce the amount of time that our customers’ drones are out of operation due to either routine maintenance or damage from operations.”All of Delair’s solutions are designed to make it easy for enterprises to adopt commercial drones, and support a seamlessly integrated workflow, from hardware to data acquisition services, and data processing software, the company said. This integrated approach enables industrial enterprises to automatically collect the aerial intelligence, analyse it and quickly integrate it into their daily business processes, with immediate return on investment.last_img read more

Enaex may enter African mining explosives market in proposed JV with Sasol

first_imgAs part of a process initiated by Sasol Ltd to incorporate a strategic partner for its explosives and rock fragmentation division, Chile based explosives major ENAEX SA has been selected as a preferred partner to negotiate the terms and conditions for creating a joint venture with Sasol South Africa Ltd, subsidiary of Sasol Ltd, to take part in that business.ENAEX SA would be the controlling partner of this partnership, which would be formed by spinning off certain assets and associated activities within the current explosives value chain of the Base Chemicals business of Sasol South Africa Limited, into a new joint venture company which will include the associated business activities in both South Africa and the rest of the countries in Southern Africa. The incorporation of ENAEX SA into the said joint venture is subject to reaching an agreement on the terms of the respective contracts to form the partnership and obtaining any necessary authorisations from public authorities.Sasol Ltd, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange, is an international integrated chemicals and energy company, based in South Africa with a presence in 31 countries with more than 31,000 employees. Sasol was founded in 1950 and is today a participant in the Explosives Industry in South Africa, with a presence in Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Zambia.ENAEX said: “The operation that we report is part of the strategic plan of ENAEX SA to continue strengthening its international presence in the most important mining regions of the world. We estimate that the potential transaction will have positive effects on the results of ENAEX SA. However, it is not possible to quantify that impact at this stage.”last_img read more

CSIRO launches Mixed Reality digital twin lab in Melbourne

first_imgCSIRO’s Data61, the data and digital specialist arm of Australia’s national science agency, has announced the launch of its Mixed Reality Lab in Melbourne. The lab will enable manufacturing and other industries to create ‘digital twins’, or virtual replicas of physical objects and systems.By 2020, the International Data Corporation says 30% of the top 2,000 global companies will be using data from Digital Twins of Internet of Things (IoT) connected assets to improve product innovation success rates and organisational productivity, achieving gains of up to 25%. The Mixed Reality Lab houses a set-up of industrial and consumer optical cameras and sensing equipment to capture detailed information about a physical object and the space surrounding it.The equipment is underpinned by sophisticated algorithms which merge the enormous amounts of data collected to create a digital twin in a matter of minutes. Matt Bolger, Senior Software Engineer at CSIRO’s Data61, said the lab is a unique combination of Data61’s research expertise across machine learning, computer vision, computational modelling, IoT, and CSIRO’s patented Stereo Depth Fusion technology for depth estimation.“This technology is game-changing for manufacturing and other industries. By comparing a digital twin of a manufactured object against the original design, we can quickly, accurately and cost-effectively identify defects and map entire manufacturing processes across a global supply chain. Defective components can be identified in real-time and corrected, while downstream processes can be adjusted to minimise the impact of delays,” Bolger said.Dr Simon Barry, Analytics and Decision Sciences Research Director at CSIRO’s Data61 said the Mixed Reality Lab is an example of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in action, the blurring of the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. “This is the future of smart factories, where the digitalisation of the full value chain will enable real-time situational awareness and lead to better decision making and planning,” Dr Barry said.“Digital twins of manufacturing processes, human movement and even our cities and infrastructure will significantly improve productivity, reduce costs and transform all manner of industries,” he said.Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Mixed Reality Lab is a prime example of how technology can create new value in a vital sector of the economy. “Taking up technologies, like digital twins and augmented reality, can improve productivity and strengthen our competitive advantage in a global value chain. A thriving manufacturing sector is part of our government’s plan to grow the economy and create 1.25 million new jobs over the next five years,” Minister Andrews said.The Mixed Reality Lab can be scaled depending on the size of the object being scanned. It can be tailored to applications across health, agriculture, mining and other industries to automatically validate a component or process. “Our technology can also be applied to humans to analyse their movement, using deep learning and biomechanical modelling,” Mr Bolger said. “This could help elite athletes improve their performance and reduce workplace injuries.”Researchers are exploring the use of augmented reality technology to allow, for example, workers on a factory floor to spot a defective object and identify where it deviates from specifications. The Mixed Reality Lab is underpinned by Workspace, a powerful scientific application development platform, created by CSIRO’s Data61.last_img read more

Egypt are back in the main round after 18 years

angolaDavid DavisegyptFilipe Cruz ← Previous Story WCh 2019 TOP 5 play – Japanese Tatsuki Yoshino No.1 Next Story → Qatar defeated Argentina narrowly and finished 4th in group D With two victories and a draw, Egypt are through to the main round for the first time in 18 years. After a triumph against Angola earlier today, they have sealed their ticket among the tournament’s best 12 teams. In a clash of African nations on the first match of the day at the Royal Arena, Egypt defeated Angola 33-28 and booked their tickets to the main round. It was a tight start and after 6 minutes the score was 3-3; but Egypt found the way to the goal of Giovany Muachissengue and after 10 they were leading 6-4. Goals from Yehia Elderaa (3) and Mohamed Mamdouh extended the lead to 10-4 at 14 minutes.The African runners-up had the lead for the entire first period and were able to extend it to +7 after 30 minutes to go 19-12 to the locker rooms; thanks to some saves from Karim Hendawy and to the many mistakes on the finalization from the Angolan players. The second half saw an improvement of Angola, who would actually win the half (14-16), but the difference obtained on the first period by the ones coached by David Davis was too much to overcome by the less experienced African team.The top scorer of the match was Yehia Elderaa, with 8 goals. He was also named best player of the match. Declerck Sibo was the top scorer for Angola with 7 goals.“I think we didn’t believe, and we didn’t think that we could make it this way, so we lacked this attitude, this belief in ourselves to fight. It’s a shame because we felt that we had the chance, the opportunity, but we couldn’t make it. But I have to say that this experience has been great, we have a group of young players that, we hope, can use this experience in a positive way for the upcoming tournaments”, confessed coach Filipe Cruz after the match.HP: How do you think this experience will help, back home, to attract more players to this sport?Cruz: “We could get some benefit from these performances, we believe that even if we can get 1% more of players who are interested in the sport, it will be positive. This championship was a great display and promotion for our sport, and we are not indifferent with that; maybe some children are motivated now to take up the sport, and also the social networks contribute a lot to the massification of the sport”.David Davis was happy to take Egypt to the main round after 18 years: “My goal was to bring the team back to the best 12 teams in the World. From the beginning I was thinking about this, but I didn’t know if it would be possible because we were starting from zero with a new system, we had to change a lot of things and we only got to play 5 matches before the World Championship, so I’m really satisfied that we’re not playing the President’s Cup”.Egypt will be back in the main round after 18 years. That last time they finished 4th in France 2001. This time, they will continue their journey in Herning, while Angola will remain in Copenhagen for the President’s cup.Photo: Aniko Kovacs – IHF read more

Telekom Veszprem take 26th crown in Hungary

Telekom Veszprem handball ← Previous Story PGE Vive Kielce win 16th Polish crown! Next Story → David Davis about first title in Veszprem: Team was down when I came here, but now they make me proud Telekom Veszprem have take back the title of the Hungarian champions! Convincing +11 from the first match at home against the biggest rivals MOL Pick Szeged 35:24, were more than enough for the last 60 minutes of the season which ended without winners – 27:27 (14:14).This is the 26th Championship crown for Veszprem. Their series was interrupted by MOL Pick Szeged last year after 11 consecutive titles…MOL-PICK SZEGED – Telekom Veszprém 27–27 (14–14)MOL-PICK Szeged: Sego – Sostaric, Maqueda 3, Bombac 2, Bánhidi, Zsitnyikov 1, Källman 3, Gaber 4, Canellas 4/2, Sigurmannsson 2, Henigman, Bodó 4, Balogh 4/3. Coach: Juan Carlos Pastor.Telekom Veszprém: Mikler – Marguc 2, Nagy L. 3, Blagotinsek 1, Mackovsek, Terzic, Strlek 5, Sterbik, Lékai 4, Nilsson 5, Mahé 2, Nenadics 1, Ilics 1, Tönnesen 3. Coach: David Davis.PHOTO: David Voros, Telekom Veszprem read more

14yearold Kirsty Salmon missing from Mullingar

first_imgaround 5′ 4″ tallof slim buildwith dark hairand pale skinPolice say they’re growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.When last seen she was wearing:black leggingsa white tank topand a black zip-up topPolice in Downpatrick are appealing for Kirsty or anyone who knows of her whereabouts to contact them on the non-emergency number 101. A 14-YEAR-OLD girl has been missing from Westmeath since Thursday afternoon.Kirsty Salmon has been living in the Mullingar area of County Westmeath.However, police believe she may have travelled to Northern Ireland as she is known to frequent Downpatrick, Belfast and Lisburn.Kirsty is described as:last_img read more

Greek island of Santorini has similar makeup to Mars study finds

first_imgThe Greek island of Santorini, one of the most popular destinations of Greece, was created following a huge natural disaster 3,600 years ago. One of the largest volcanic eruptions took place there, and among the materials spawned out were rocks similar to those of Mars.Scientists exposed the make-up of the island. “In the Balos Cove, located to the south of the island, we have discovered basalts such as those that have been identified by the rovers on Mars and with properties similar to those of certain meteorites from the red planet and those of terrestrial rocks classified as Martian analogues,” said Ioannis Baziotis, a researcher at the Agricultural University of Athens and co-author of the study, recently published in Icarus.“The basalts of this cove and other, similar ones that we have also found in two areas northeast of Santorini are quite abundant, so they can serve as an accessible and low-cost resource for experiments, instead of using the rare and expensive olivine-phyric shergottites collected on Earth or material laboriously prepared from synthetic mixes.”Anezina Solomonidou, a researcher at the European Space Astronomy Centre, run by the European Space Agency (ESA) near Madrid points to the geological properties of Balos Cove.“Optical microscopy and geochemical analyses show that the basalts of Balos Cove are viable analogues for characterising geological processes and chemical and mineralogical properties of materials present on the Martian surface,” she said.READ MORE: ‘We probed Santorini’s volcano with sound to learn what’s going on beneath the surface’“In addition, this area of the island is easily accessible and offers excellent logistics for sampling, testing and calibration instruments, field training and other activities related to current and future Mars exploration.”Authors state that the basaltic material is equivalent to that found by the Spirit and Curiosity rovers in the Gusev and Gale craters of mars. Its composition is similar to Martian meteorites (olivine-phyric shergottites) and much like Martian samples found at the International Space Analogue Rockstore (ISAR) where terrestrial rocks are used to test instruments that will fly on space missions. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek Elections 2019 They showed up by horse and warship in strange

first_imgZz Top – My Head’s In Mississippi (Election remix) pic.twitter.com/f1Xuijw9bc— Τζερμποα (@kagouriki) July 7, 2019 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Voters across Greece turned up to vote on Sunday in the first parliamentary elections in the post-bailout era. Some went to extreme lengths to get to the ballots despite the heat and distance.VOTING BY WARSHIPVoters of Castellorizo living on the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese were transferred to their remote island on Sunday aboard a Navy warship. The vessel conducted two trips, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Some 80 voters were transferred to the island to cast their ballots.STOLEN BALLOT BOXThe Greek police rushed to two voting centres in Exarchia after a group of anarchists stormed into these. The group numbered eight to ten people who stormed inside the centres, threatened people and then rushed out stealing one of the ballot boxes and throwing a smoke grenade behind them. They reportedly burnt the ballot box at Exarchia Square.READ MORE: New Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis is a scion of one of Greece’s most influential political familiesVOTING BY HORSEOne of the most impressive arrivals to a polling booth was made by Aristidis Tsirikis and Angelos Houndalas who rode all the way to their local station on horseback.THE HOT WEATHERA number of Greeks showed up wearing thongs, holding fans and trying as best they could to deal with the weather. Twitter was on fire with photos showing voting fashions.READ MORE: 158 conservative seats in 300-member Greek Parliament, as voters turn backs on Golden Dawnlast_img read more

The 19yearold Greek Australian bouzouki player who is a rising star on

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram If you were to meet Harrison Giavris, there’s a good chance his bouzouki wouldn’t be too far away.At 19, Giavris is a rising star in the Greek music scene, having started his journey playing at local cafes to performing Manolis Hiotis’ Perasmenes Mou Agapes on one knee in Melbourne’s biggest night clubs.Having spent hours learning off teacher Giorgios Spyrou, to going viral on social media after a video of him performing in front of a crowd at the Zappeion in Athens was shared, he describes the emotion the music evokes as “addictive”.“When it comes to atmosphere you can’t match Greek music, every song we play has a dance to them and it shows what Greek music means to us,” Giavris said.“That’s what’s addictive about the atmosphere, it brings that adrenaline and you feed off that a lot.“It’s night and day when Greek music comes on, it goes from sitting down to everyone up and about tearing the house down.“That’s what Greek music does, you can start playing somewhere and it won’t take long for people to get on to it.”Within four years of picking up the instrument for the first time, he has performed alongside Doukissa Filippou, Dimitris Basis and has even started a partnership alongside good mate Nick Sofos.It is with Sofos, 20, who he performed alongside at the recent Kosmos underage event at Alumbra night club.Unsure as to how the young crowd would react, Giavris says the response blew him away.“As I started playing the crowds lost their minds and because it was an underage event it took a massive weight off my shoulders to see all these kids loving Greek music,” he said.“When I played the first three notes of Genethlia all these people started jumping on the podium, it’s just an iconic sound which resonates with everyone.“The zeibekiko is my favourite; that part of the night completely changes – when the lights go down and the bouzouki starts the atmosphere takes a different turn and you’ve got people up and its emotional.“It’s happiness, sadness, nostalgia, missing someone, even anger sometimes when you see tables flipped and plates.”Giavris’ transition to the bouzouki was a swift one after 10 years on the guitar – a move he has not looked back from.In addition to starting his own business to increase performance opportunities, Giavris aspires to motivate others to use music as a means of connecting with Greek culture.“Greek music is important in embracing the culture, learning the dances and the language because when you sing along believe it or not, you’re speaking Greek,” he said.“I know our generation hated Greek school but embracing all of that helps you mix, especially with your grandparents, in a way we hadn’t before.”last_img read more

Former waiter starts petition to get Calombaris off MasterChef following wage theft

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram George Calombaris, 40, has admitted to underpaying 515 employees, both current and former, a total of $7.83 million in wages, but says he has paid all outstanding dues and will also pay a $200,000 fine as a “contrition payment” and is required to make public statements to promote compliance with the Fair Work Act.As part of the agreement with Fair Work, Calombaris will also need to implement new payroll and compliance systems across his restaurant empire, and each of the venues will be independently audited for three years. Meanwhile all Made Establishment staff working in human resources, payroll and on-site management will be required to undertake workplace relations training. He also formally apologised to former and current staff, as well as to the Ten Network broadcasters of MasterChef.For union representatives, however, this is not enough. “While anyone else would face prison time for theft of millions of dollars, employers routinely steal huge amounts from working people and get away with simply returning the money they have stolen and paying a paltry fine,” ACTU President Michele O’Neil said.Despite union demands that he be dumped from MasterChef, Network 10 declared support for the celebrity chef. “George and MAdE Establishment have reached an agreement with the Fair Work Ombudsman in relation to this matter,’’ a Network 10 spokeswoman said. “George has the support of Network 10. We will not be making any further comment.”READ MORE: Calombaris admits to underpaying 515 staff $7.83 million in wages, slapped with substantial fineBut Orlaith Belfrage, a former waiter at the Calombaris-owned Hellenic Republic and official at trade union Hospo Voice, says the company he founded, Made Establishment, still owes him $2,000. A petition has been started by Belfrage and Hospo Voice to have Calombaris removed from MasterChef as a result of the scandal. The petition had attracted nearly 10,000 signatures at the time of writing.The petition states:I worked as a waiter at Hellenic Republic for over 2 years until 2014 and I’m still owed $2000.I’ve been fighting to get back pay from my time working for Hellenic Republic for over 2 years. I sent emails, made phone calls and sought legal advice. Still Made Establishment, George Calombaris’ company, refused to pay me for all of my work.George should pay a serious price for this massive theft of workers’ wages.How is it fair for him to steal over $7 million from workers is only fined only $200,000?A three percent fine is not enough. Wage theft is a business model and George Calombaris has built his career on it. And he continues to be heralded as the “nice guy” celebrity chef and a MasterChef judge.He should be taken off MasterChef. Channel Ten should stop making excuses for this serial wage thief. Pretty much everyone who has ever worked for him has been underpaid, but because the case has gone on so long, many former staff won’t ever get to recover their money. It’s likely to be way more than 515 workers who have been underpaid. How many workers can no longer reclaim their money because they are outside the six year statute of limitations? It’s also untrue that he has been cooperating. Workers have requested repeatedly that Calombaris hand over records so that they can recover their stolen wages and he has not provided them with the documents they need to get their money.Meanwhile, George Calombaris enjoys celebrity status and is put on a pedestal as an industry leader, a reputation he has built on stealing wages from his staff.Why is this important?George Calombaris is held up as an industry leader, yet he is not the leader the hospitality industry wants or needs. Aside from stealing millions of dollars from hospo workers, he’s been charged with assault. He’s been given enough chances, now it’s time for him to go.Wage theft is rife throughout the hospitality industry. Celebrity chefs like George Calombaris have gotten rich by stealing from their hard-working employees.This issue has stayed in focus for one reason and one reason alone. Because of the relentless agitation and campaigning by Hospo Voice members about wage theft by George and countless other hospitality employers.The hospitality industry is changing, workers will no longer put up with excuses, we want real action on wage theft. How can we expect the industry to improve if we continue to honour celebrity wage thieves.Ten network; it’s George’s turn to face elimination.last_img read more

PRONIA Radiothon set to raise funds to continue its work with the

first_imgThere was a time when 72-year-old Maria, a pensioner, needed help paying the electricity bill. Her son usually helps her out, but this time he was away and Maria (not her real name) had no one to turn to. Unable to read the notices she received from the electricity company or call them to negotiate a solution, she turned to PRONIA. A case worker, after listening carefully, took the necessary steps and the bill was paid.This is a simple, straightforward case but for Maria and many more like her who suffer in silence, the reality is anything but simple. Health problems, family violence, drug addiction, divorce, mental health issues make their daily reality one of hardship and struggle.PRONIA’s case workers help people to deal with this reality. They offer practical help in a timely and discreet manner to avert a crisis. Over one thousand people received such assistance in the last 12 months. This service is funded by PRONIA.There are many people like Maria who face ongoing financial hardship. It takes them down a path of isolation from their community, deterioration of their health and increase their risk of mental illness. Others, who find themselves in similar circumstances, face an avalanche of issues that compromise their safety, and increase their risk of homelessness and suicide.Vulnerable and disadvantaged people have access to Greek-speaking lawyers through PRONIA’s legal and migration service, free of cost. For more than 15 years PRONIA has been funding the Greek Cardiac program offering rehabilitation and health education to people with heart conditions in a culturally responsive manner. PRONIA absorbs the costs for these services through fundraising initiatives.READ MORE: The importance of self-care: Pronia to host free well-being workshop“Every year, we are touched by the generosity and goodwill of the community,” says Tina Douvos-Stathopoulos, PRONIA’s CEO. “Some of the most generous donors are second generation sons and daughters who have first-hand experience of our services through the help we provided to their parents.”Having the finger on the community’s pulse for almost five decades, PRONIA forges ahead, undeterred by the challenges associated with securing government funding. If the need exists, PRONIA will create a program and offer a service. That’s why this year PRONIA has a target of 150,000 for its annual appeal, a radiothon which runs over 2 days, 6 and 7 of September in conjunction with 3XY Radio Hellas.Last year, PRONIA raised close to $100K. They were channelled into health and welfare programs and information initiatives such as the Pop-up-Periptero. “The more we receive in donations the more we give back through programs and services to the community, to people of all ages. It is a continuous circle of good will which has sustained us for close to 50 years,” says Ms Douvos-Stathopoulos.READ MORE: PRONIA supports LGBTIQA clients and their families through sensitive practice trainingPRONIA’s annual appeal will start at 9am on Friday 6 of September and will wrap up at 9pm on Saturday the 7 September. Donations can made by calling (03) 93889998. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Diaspora le code source et les premières images en ligne

first_imgDiaspora, le code source et les premières images en ligneÉtats-Unis – En marge de Google Me, un nouveau réseau social est sur le point de voir le jour. Diaspora, c’est son nom, est libre et ouvert aux développeurs. Un concurrent de plus pour Facebook et Twitter.Diaspora est sur le point d’être officiellement lancé. Ce réseau social libre a publié son code source ainsi que quelques images de son interface. Les quatre étudiants à l’origine du site ont ainsi ouvert librement les accès aux développeurs qui souhaitent contribuer à l’élaboration des pages. “Nous allons travailler avec la communauté afin de consolider Diaspora”, affirment les dirigeants du site qui, pour le moment, est opérationnel mais pas encore ouvert au public. Les internautes devraient pouvoir y accéder dès le mois d’octobre. Le terme “Diaspora” signifie le mouvement d’une population à travers le monde. Les abonnés de Facebook, Twitter et bientôt Google Me suivront-ils ce nouveau réseau social ?Le 17 septembre 2010 à 12:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sieste combien de temps et pour qui

first_imgSieste : combien de temps et pour qui ?Le sommeil est indispensable dans notre vie et apporte de nombreux bienfaits pour la santé. La sieste est donc une étape importante dans la journée : Maxisciences vous dit pourquoi.Pourquoi faire la sieste ?Tout simplement pour prendre soin de sa santé. En effet, la sieste offre de nettes améliorations sur les plans cardiaque et mémoriel, mais aussi en matière de régénération cellulaire. Les personnes prenant le temps de faire la sieste connaissent des améliorations concrètes dans leur quotidien dont voici quelques exemples :- Une vigilance accrue- Une créativité développée- Moins de stress- Une meilleure humeurCombien de temps pour une sieste ? Tout dépend du temps dont vous disposez et des effets recherchés. Voici une rapide explication pour connaître la durée optimale d’une sieste.- Sieste rapide : entre 1 et 5 minutes, si vous manquez réellement de temps à cause du travail par exemple ou d’insomnies répétées. – Sieste optimale : entre 15 et 20 minutes, cette durée permet de récupérer efficacement de la fatigue. Votre vigilance sera améliorée et vous n’aurez pas de mal à trouver le sommeil le soir.- Sieste longue : entre 1 h et 1 h 30, afin de récupérer d’un manque de sommeil important, mais ne la faites pas trop tard dans la journée pour éviter l’insomnie le soir.Qui doit faire une sieste ?La sieste est indispensable aux bébés et aux enfants, toutefois elle peut également être pratiquée par les adultes. Votre santé en tirera des bienfaits notables. Aussi si vous le pouvez, essayer de prendre le temps de vous organiser afin de faire sieste de 20 minutes chaque jour dans l’idéal. En revanche, si vous êtes insomniaque, faites la sieste au bon moment pour éviter les difficultés à avoir une nuit réparatrice. À cet égard, évitez donc la fin de journée.À lire aussiTroubles du sommeil : comment bien dormir et éviter l’insomnie ?Pour faire une sieste efficacement, organisez-vous autant que possible pour la programmer entre 13 h et 15 h, vous tomberez ainsi au moment idéal pour le rythme biologique. Évitez toutefois les siestes longues (sauf en cas de gros manque de sommeil) et privilégiez des siestes n’excédant pas 20 minutes. En effet, si vous allez au-delà, vous risquez d’entrer dans un sommeil profond et ressentirez une sensation de fatigue à votre réveil.Prenez soin de vous en privilégiant une sieste par jour et vous constaterez des effets très positifs au quotidien.Le 14 janvier 2019 à 00:00 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

Bethesda Has Doom Eternal and Some Other E3 2019 Games We Guess

first_imgStay on target Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now It’s not that Bethesda doesn’t have cool new video games to show. It’s just when the publisher tries to fill an entire E3 press conference with its upcoming lineup, things start to feel a little bit like filler. And that’s before the constant cheering interruptions. Before you ask, no, we didn’t hear anything about Starfield or The Elder Scrolls 6 aside from Todd’s confirmation that they still exist.Instead, we got updates on already released games like new content for The Elder Scrolls Online and Elder Scrolls Legends. Rage 2 got a Too Many Cooks-style parody sitcom trailer to showcase new weapons, enemies, and cheat codes. On the mobile game front, deep cut Id Software throwback Commander Keen is returning as a cute but unfortunately free-to-play game. And Elder Scrolls Blades is coming to Nintendo Switch, which is cool but perhaps a little redundant considering you can already play Skyrim on that device.The Bethesda game most in need of an update though is Fallout 76 which launched last year in very rough shape. It’s weird to even say this, but the Wastelanders update brings back NPC quests and dialogue options and this was treated like a huge deal, not the game being brought up to the standard it should’ve been all along. At least it’s free. The game is also getting a battle royale mode, Nuclear Winter, because hey why not?When it comes to big console games though Bethesda’s future does look pretty bright. In just a few weeks we’ll get to slay Nazis in the 1980s as B.J.’s twin daughters, the stars of Wolfenstein Youngblood. Also on July 26 Wolfenstein Cyberpilot brings the series to VR. We didn’t see gameplay of GhostWire Tokyo from Tango Gameworks or Deathloop from Arkane. But both trailers impressed with their creepy Japanese ghost vanishing and stylish 1960s time repeats, respectively. For more on E3 check out what Microsoft said about the next Xbox and watch these trailers. But really the reason to stick around with this Bethesda show was to see new gameplay of Doom Eternal. This religious experiences sees the Doom Slayer fighting demons through Hell, Mars, Earth, and maybe even Heaven itself? It looks great. Even the multiplayer seems worthwhile this time. In this asymmetrical fight, two wily demons take on one powerful slayer. Doom Eternal launches November 22. And if you haven’t played the first one you’ll be able to stream it soon through Bethesda’s new Orion technology.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame will mark Stan Lees last Marvel movie cameo

first_img 0 Captain Marvel Stan Lee Marvel Spiderman Thor The Avengers Every Stan Lee Marvel movie cameo Stan Lee plays a hilarious intergalactic barber in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel Whenever a new Marvel movie came out, fans had fun trying to spot Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee on the big screen. Lee guest-starred in over 20 Marvel movies — as well as in various TV shows, video games and comics. Lee has appeared as everything from a bus driver to a librarian alongside the comic book characters he created over the years.But since Lee’s death at age 95 in 2018, it’s been unclear how many more posthumous cameos would be granted to the late, great comic book creator, until now. “It’s his last one committed to film,” Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo told the media on press day in Los Angeles Saturday.  Most recently, Lee had a touching posthumous cameo in Captain Marvel reading a script of director Kevin Smith’s 1995 movie Mallrats, which Lee starred in as himself.Some fans speculated that the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, which hits theaters in July, would feature Lee’s final cameo, especially since Russo told the press earlier this month that “I don’t remember if he was well enough to do the cameo in Homecoming or not.”  Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Originally published 2:36 p.m. PT.  Stan Lee dies at 95: A look back at his most iconic characters on screen Tags Lee’s Captain Marvel cameo made Kevin Smith a ‘blubbering mess’ Star-studded tribute to Lee: He ‘made us proud to be misfits’ Lee’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse cameo will warm your heart 4:51 More Stan Lee 18 Photos Share your voice TV and Movies While it’s bittersweet to learn that Lee’s last hurrah in the MCU is coming up fast, the the extra-long run time for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame movie could mean that Marvel might give Lee more than one appearance in the three-hour movie. “I have to say, I think it’s astonishing that this would be his last cameo,” Russo added. “It’s just kind of mind-boggling that he made it to the end of this run. I can’t believe it.”tec0280-cmp-v006-1037Stan Lee is dressed as an astronaut in the 2017 movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Marvel After all, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 allowed for not one but two moments in the film where Lee — dressed as an astronaut — is seen discussing his past adventures with various interested aliens referred to as the Watchers.  Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on April 26. For more Avengers: Endgame plot theories, characters reveals and news check out our Avengers: Endgame movie guide. If you want to catch every Lee cameo in the MCU movies before the Endgame begins, here’s our guide to streaming all the movies online.last_img read more